Crist gets another boost with public money

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Former Gov. Charlie Crist continues to get help for his campaign from taxpayers.

Crist on Friday received more than $474,000 in his second check of public matching funds. Crist has now received slightly more than $1 million in state money to help his challenge to incumbent Gov. Rick Scott.

Former state senator Nan Rich has received slightly less than $200,000. Crist and Rich are Democrats.

Candidates running for statewide office can qualify for matching money from taxpayers. The Republican-controlled Legislature tried to repeal public financing of campaigns, but voters defeated the amendment in 2010.

The amount of matching money each candidate receives is based on how much money is raised from Florida residents.

Some Republicans have blasted public financing. Scott's campaign this week criticized Crist for accepting the money.

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