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Crist Wrote Recommendation Letter For Now-Indicted Lobbyist's Son

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Wrote Crist, in a letter copied to UF president President Bernie Machen:

I have known Benjamin and his family for several years and know that Benjamin's affiliation with the University of Florida will mutually enhance the reputation of both Benjamin and the Medical Program," Crist's letter states.

The director of the medical school said he never saw Crist's letter, and that "there was no political influence related to this thing." He called Benjamin Mendelsohn "exceptional."

Alan Mendelsohn was a key backer of Crist's 2006 campaign -- for example hosting a doctors' fundraiser at his own home, that raised more than $100,000.