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Tax Records Suggest Crist, Scott Lag In Charitable Giving

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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2010 file photo, Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott, foreground, speaks at a news conference accompanied by then Gov. Charlie Crist listens in Tallahassee, Fla. Lawmakers across the country say they want more openess in government, but a survey of all 50 states by The Associated Press has found that efforts to boost openness often are being thwarted by old patterns of secrecy. Scott has taken a step back from his state's generally strong record on transparency. His office has | ASSOCIATED PRESS

TALLAHASSEE — While Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic rival Charlie Crist have waged a bitter public relations battle over the release of their tax returns, both sides have been mum about one aspect of the documents:

They suggest that both candidates are philanthropic laggards compared with their well-heeled peers. The returns show no giving from Crist in recent years, and declining charity from Scott.

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