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Charlie Crist's first cash haul: $872k in 13 days (includes a Jeb-ite in the Crist pile)


Former Gov. Charlie Crist still has a Midas touch for fundraising even though he's in his second political party (now a Democrat after being an independent and a Republican), having pulled in $812,000 $872,000 between  Nov. 4 and Nov. 16.**

Caveats: It's soft money (i.e., limitless un-capped cash one can raise from a donor or a few donors) contributed to his committee, Charlie Crist for Florida. The campaign "hard" money has yet to be reported. And Gov. Rick Scott is still the soft-money king and plans to have as much as $100 million to spend. Crist hopes to have at least half of that amount.

Also, it will be tough for Crist to keep pace. He's not a current office holder, so he lacks that leverage. And now some people affiliated with Sen. Bill Nelson are trying to keep the door open for the senior Democrat (who has told time and again that he doesn't want to run and doesn't intend to), but in doing so, the Nelsonites run the risk of freezing some Florida and DC donations to Crist, the Democrats' frontrunner.

Of interest: There's a Jeb Bush-ite in the Crist donor pile: David Rancourt, former Bush insider and now-retired lobbyist. Most of Crist's money is from trial lawyers because he is, well, a trial lawyer and they're among the deepest pockets for Democrats

**Note: Between the time we posted this and noon, Crist's folks added four more contributions, boosting the total. Here's the new list:

Barbara Stiefel  $100,000
Sheldon J. Schlessinger P.A.  $  25,000
Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A.  $  25,000
Mayville and Associates  $    5,000
James Savko  $    5,000
Rosalie Danbury  $100,000
William Merlin, Jr.  $  10,000
The Yerrid Law Firm  $  10,000
Francoise Haasch-Jones  $    4,000
George Chandler  $    1,000
Rosalie Danbury  $  50,000
William Andrew Haggard  $100,000
David Rancourt  $  50,000
Grossman Roth, P.A.  $250,000
Oakland Investments, Inc.  $  25,000
John Uustall  $  25,000
Michael Cohen  $  10,000
Michael Moskowitz  $    5,000
Timothy Ritvo  $    2,000
Robert Kelley  $  25,000
Robert O'Neil  $  10,000
Moskowitz, Mandell,   $    5,000
Las Olas Recovery, LLC  $    5,000
Bob Poe  $  25,000