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Enthusiastic Lobbyists Give Crist Big Cash Boost

August 10, 2009 2010 general election is fifteen months away, yet in Governor Crist was able to raise a staggering $4.3 million in three months. With an individual maximum contribution of $2,400, we wondered how Crist managed this feat.

It turns out, a few lobbyists have been taking advantage of a loophole in federal election law called “bundling”.

By hitting up clients, friends and relatives for contributions, lobbyists are able to collect thousands of dollars, bundled together for a candidate like Crist.

Thanks to a new federal law requiring disclosure of bundled donations, we have been given a glimpse behind Crist’s staggering $4.3 million haul from April to June.Crist not only raised the most funds of any Senate candidate in Florida from April to June, he led all Senate candidates nationwide in fund raising. Staggering seems like an understatement.

Lobbyists Marty Fiorentino and James Eaton have been Crist’s hardest working bundlers, delivering $139,250 and $50,700, respectively. Between the two lobbyists, their clients include AT&T, Fidelity National Financial, CSX Transportation and several clients in the health care industry.

In comparison to Crist’s massive bundling from lobbyists, the only other candidate in the Senate race to collect any money from bundlers is U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, who has received $19,000. Other candidates, including former Speaker Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and Mayor Kevin Burns, have not reported any lobbyist bundlers.

While we are not shocked that Crist, a well-connected politician, would benefit massively from lobbyist bundlers, it is nonetheless disappointing and adds to an ever growing distaste of big money and special interests in politics.

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  1. August 10, 2009 7:27 pm

    You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, I’ve spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

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