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Governor’s Group Gives Boost To Crist

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Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist watches play as the Tampa Bay Rays host  the New York Yankees on April 13, 2009 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist watches play as the Tampa Bay Rays host the New York Yankees on April 13, 2009 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – With a $500,000 injection of money from the Democratic Governors Association, challenger Charlie Crist and a closely aligned political committee raised more cash from June 21 to June 27 than Republican Gov. Rick Scott and a Scott-tied committee.

The Crist committee, dubbed “Charlie Crist for Florida,” collected $625,150 during the seven-day period, with $500,000 of that total coming from the governors association. That raised the committee’s overall fundraising total to about $9.34 million.

Crist, a former Republican governor running as a Democrat this year, also raised $62,910 for his campaign account during the period, bringing its overall total to $3.96 million.

Scott, meanwhile, continues to hold an overall fundraising edge over Crist. The incumbent raised $253,237 for his campaign account from June 21 to June 27, giving it a total of $5.5 million. Also, the Scott committee, known as “Let’s Get to Work,” collected $262,000 during the seven days, bringing its overall total to $28.85 million.

The biggest contributor to the committee was The Villages, a Central Florida development that chipped in $100,000, according to newly filed reports.

Also, Let’s Get to Work reported spending $415,982 from June 21 to June 27, with $395,865 going to the Virginia-based Grassroots Targeting for what is described in the committee’s expenditure report as a “survey.”

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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