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Fast Facts: Million Dollar Club

By Times staff
Published November 3, 2006

A St. Petersburg Times analysis found 14 entities have contributed at least $1-million through Oct. 21 to state campaign accounts for this election cycle. Here's a look at the million dollar club.
Businesses, individuals, organizations
Money contributed
Key issues
Contributed to
Florida Police Benevolent Association $2,129,911 Pay and pension for state correctional and police officers, prisons, law enforcement legislation Crist, the GOP and its candidates in local and legislative races; about one-third for Democrats
Florida Realtors $2,030,400 Property taxes and insurance, impact fees, growth management, affordable housing GOP, Crist, state and local candidates of both parties
U.S. Sugar $2,000,895 Environmental regulation, Everglades restoration A pair of pro-Rod Smith committees, Democratic Party
Florida Medical Association $1,601,172 Medical malpractice, scope of practice issues Both parties, Crist, state and local candidates of both parties
Florida Education Association $1,243,415 Teacher pay, school funding, education policy Democratic Party and candidates, Jim Davis, and some GOP candidates
WellCare Group $1,242,050 Medicaid privatization, insurance regulation, tort reform Political parties, a pro-Bill McCollum group and others
Florida Retail Federation $1,183,927 Sales and property tax, property insurance, labor law GOP and its candidates, some to Democrats
Gulfstream Park Racing Association $1,163,150 Gambling Republican Party, a pro-Charlie Crist committee and a group backing the 2005 Broward slots machine measure
Florida Home Builders Association $1,070,138 Property taxes and insurance, impact fees, growth management, affordable housing Republican Party, legislative candidates of both parties
HCA $1,038,867 Medicaid reimbursement rates for hospitals Both parties, legislative candidates of both parties
Florida Crystals $1,035,850 Environmental regulation, Everglades restoration Pro-Rod Smith groups, a pro-Charlie Crist group, a pro-Amendment 3 group
Cast-Crete $1,006,910 Conservative causes A committee backing April Griffin for Hillsborough School Board and Ronda Storms for state Senate
Greg Eagle, a Cape Coral developer $1,005,231 Unknown Pro-Charlie Crist committee
Note: This list was compiled using the Florida Campaign Finance Database's list of contributions reported by political candidates, parties and committees during the 2005-2006 cycle. Totals for professional organizations are not exact because they often exchange money, which can lead to double counting some dollars.

[Last modified November 3, 2006, 10:09:29]

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