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Greene nears $38 million plowed into campaign

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene loaned another $8.375 million to his campaign in mid-August, bringing to nearly $38 million the amount he has put into his election bid, according to a newly filed finance report.

Greene, a Palm Beach billionaire, had loaned an overall total of $36.825 million to the campaign and made a $1 million contribution as of Thursday.

The campaign had spent $34.56 million. Greene this month also contributed $5.24 million to the newly formed Florida Defense Fund political committee, which he has said will help other Democratic candidates.

The fund had spent $234,973 as of Thursday, with all of that money going to Jacksonville-based Street Smartz Consulting, LLC, according to a finance report.

Greene is running in Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Winter Park businessman Chris King.