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 By Dan Christensen, BrowardBulldog.org 

Governor Reubin Askew holds a press conference in 1971 Photo: State Archives of Florid

Governor Reubin Askew holds a press conference in 1971 Photo: State Archives of Florid

The former chief of staff for the late Gov. Reubin Askew filed an emergency petition at the Florida Supreme Court Wednesday challenging the legality of the state’s 2013 blind trust law.

The 27-page petition by James Apthorp urged the court to prohibit the use of blind trusts by public officials to avoid full financial disclosure and invalidate two opinions by the Commission on Ethics that held blind trusts are an acceptable form of disclosure.

By Michael Beckel, Center for Public Integrity 

Democrat Alex Sink, left, and Republican David Jolly

Democrat Alex Sink, left, and Republican David Jolly

The campaign money machines of Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly have not just been matched by outside forces, they’ve been lapped.

Roughly $12.5 million has flooded the heated special election in Pinellas County on central Florida’s gulf coast, but less than one-third of that sum was controlled by the candidates’ own campaigns, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of federal records.