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Charlie Crist raises nearly $900,000 in two weeks

Former Gov. Charlie Crist’s campaign for governor is already pulling in large amounts of money.

A political committee linked to the Republican-turned-Democratic candidate Friday reported that it had raised nearly $900,000 since Nov. 4. That’s the same day that Crist formally kicked off his bid to reclaim his old job.

The committee, Charlie Crist for Florida, isn’t bound by campaign contribution limits. Crist’s actual campaign won’t have to file a report until December.

The $872,000 raised by Crist came from just 24 donors, more than half from attorneys.

The Coral Gables-based Grossman Roth law firm gave the largest sum, $250,000.

Other contributions came from Sheldon Schlesinger and the Schlesinger Law Office in Fort Lauderdale, a combined $50,000; Venice retiree Rosalie Danbury, $150,000; and retired Coral Gables philanthropist Barbara Stiefel and Coral Gables attorney William Andrew Haggard, $100,000 each.

Republican lobbyist David Rancourt, who once worked for former Gov. Jeb Bush, chipped in $50,000.

The Charlie Crist for Florida committee is chaired by former state Democratic Chairman Bob Poe, who also contributed $25,000.

Incumbent Gov. Rick Scott has already amassed a sizable war chest for his political committee called Let’s Get to Work. Since it was revived in the summer of 2011, the committee has raised more than $23 million and spent slightly less than $3 million.

Information from News Service of Florida was used in this report.

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