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Crist raises money at top lobbying firm

After taking care of state business in a 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. phone calls with two staffers,  Gov. Charlie Crist is headed to a fundraiser today for his Senate campaign at BGR, which the Center for Responsive Politics ranks in the top ten of Washington lobbying firms.Download Crist Invite 07 20 09.

Crist hopes to succeed Sen. Mel Martinez, who is slated to attend the reception and offer his blessing.

Formerly called Barbour Griffith & Rogers, the historically Republican powerhouse rebranded itself as BGR after the 2006 election and has hired more Democrats. More on BGR is here.