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Sat Jul 14, 2012, 07:51 PM

Florida Democrats slam Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Scott at annual dinner in Hollywood

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/14/2895887/florida-democrats-slam-mitt-romney.html

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson criticized the billionaires funding television ad attacks against him in his re-election campaign, while other top Florida Democrats bashed Republican Gov. Rick Scott as they all gathered Saturday night for their annual Jefferson Jackson dinner in Hollywood.

“This is a time of extraordinary outside money coming into Florida to try to buy certain elections,” Nelson said at a press conference before the dinner “When this kind of money comes in to influence, and comes in from billionaires, it is obvious they are not interested in Florida — they are interested in their own particular agenda.”

Nelson, Florida’s only Democratic statewide office holder, is seeking a third term and faces what will be an expensive and contentious battle with the likely GOP nominee, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV (R-Fort Myers). Although he is far behind in fundraising, Mack is getting a big boost from Super PACS.

American Crossroads, a political action committee overseen by conservative strategist Karl Rove, has reserved $6.2 million in air time to link Nelson to President Barack Obama’s agenda. Freedom PAC, a new super PAC supporting Mack and funded by casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, has $1 million.

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