In a piece on gerrymandering published last week, Tristram Korten noted that Protect Your Vote — the organization that is fighting Amendments 5 and 6 — was lacking in the fundraising department: “According to disclosure reports the only contributors so far come from TECO Inc., the natural gas utility, which gave $25,000, and the Florida Association of Realtors, which gave two $125,000 donations.”

The group’s fundraising numbers are much higher now.

The organization’s current list of contributions (.pdf) records a donation of $750,000 made on Oct. 7 by the Republican Party of Florida, which obviously has a significant stake in ensuring that Florida’s current redistricting rules (which are minimal, at best) remain intact.

The contribution form also shows a $100,000 donation made by U.S. Sugar.

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