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Crist not sure about donor help from Mustafa Abu Naba'a

Gov. Charlie Crist's well-oiled governor campaign in 2006 was lubed by a number of finance bundlers, including former frat buddy Harry Sargeant, who helped pour donations from more than three dozen California donors. Sargeant, in turn, has said the money was collected by his partner, Mustafa Abu Naba'a.

Asked Tuesday about the involvement of Abu Naba'a in his campaign, Crist said "whatever it was, I don't know."

At least one donor, Jihan Nassar, told the Miami Herald on Friday that she didn't give Crist any money. ''I can't make any donations, financially,'' Nassar said Friday. ``We never made any donations, sir. I have no idea what you are talking about.''

Another California donor told The Herald pretty much the same thing, but then changed his story later in the day but could remember nothing more than that he suddenly remembered giving to Crist.

The New York Times and Washington Post, which first broke the story about Sargeant's fundraising for John McCain, reported similar experiences. McCain on Thursday returned $50,000 in bundled donations from Sargeant. Interesting detail about Sargeant's help in arranging Crist's meeting last year with Jordan's King Abdallah is in this Palm Beach Post story.

Sargeant said he has done nothing wrong. Read here for more about that.