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Ferre has less than $3,500 in the bank

Lost in the hullabaloo over the mega-fundraising by the three major U.S. Senate candidates -- Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek -- was the weak performance of former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre. Having raised only about $25,000 so far this year, he loaned himself $20,000 to help cover his expenses in the past three months. That leaves him with $3,463.61

Ferre once acknowleged he could face conflicts of interest as a member of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority -- which doles out hundreds of millions in transportation projects -- and as a candidate soliciting campaign donations,.He raised the possibility that he would resign when he officially qualified for the 2010 ballot. Story here.

But earlier his week, Ferre said he had decided to stay put, He questioned whether a law that requires members of county boards to resign when they run for office applied to him, and he said he hasn't gotten any money from MDX contractors anyway.