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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


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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