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Democrat criticizes Schenck as 'corporate candidate'



State Rep. Robert Schenck's campaign war chest is overflowing with cash but few of the dollars are coming from people in his own district.

The Spring Hill Republican collected $9 out of every $10 from outside Hernando County, according to a St. Petersburg Times analysis of the latest campaign finance reports filed Friday. The cash is fueling the first-term lawmaker's re-election campaign, but it could prove a liability.

Democratic challenger Jason Melton is making it an issue. "I am not a corporate candidate," he said in an interview.

"I don't have problems with companies being involved in campaigns," Melton continued. "But what I do have a problem with is a company that has nothing to do with the district or the candidate" giving so much. Read more here.

John Frank, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:36am]


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