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Geller raising money for new group

Despite being forced from office next year due to term limits, Senate Democratic Leader Steve Geller has started raising money for a new committee of continuous existence (CCE) called Floridians for a Stronger Tomorrow. The Hallandale Beach Democrat opened the CCE back in June and has raised $5,020 _ including $2,500 from Title Insurance Through Lawyers in Orlando and $2,500 from Florida Associated General Contractors for Better Government.

Because Geller has started a CCE the organization is limited in what it can do. It can give $500 to campaign accounts of individual candidates, but CCE's can't spend thousands of dollars on campaign ads. The official mission of the CCE, according to its website, is to "preserve a high quality of life for all Floridians" which can be accomplished by supporting candidates and causes "who believe in fiscal discipline and high standards."

When asked directly about why he started the CCE, Geller said "It's Floridians for a Stronger Tomorrow, guess I support a stronger tomorrow."

Of course that could include helping Joe Geller, the senator's brother who is running for the state House in 2008. Plus there is speculation that Geller himself may run for the Broward County Commission.