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Greco has strong showing in first quarter of money raising



Dick Greco apparently hasn't forgotten how to raise money since he last ran for office 12 years ago.

Greco, 77, has pulled in $165,845 in a little more than a month of campaigning since he announced his bid to seek a fifth term as Tampa mayor Nov. 29. However, good chunks of it appear to come in bundles from a dozen or so major sources.

According to the report, Greco has spent a little more than $12,000 of that, much of it to his political consultant. That likely has changed as a flurry of new Greco signs have popped up in the past few days. The totals reflect amount received through the end of the year.

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita maintains a good lead, having brought in another $88,673 to take her total over two fund-raising periods to $219,553. The contributions come from a cross section of folks, with a noticeable bundle from a group of TECO Energy employees. She has spent just more than $40,000.

These are not eye popping numbers, and may reflect the sorry state of the local, development driven-economy. Consider, eight years ago at this time money-raising front runner Frank Sanchez had already raised well over a half-million dollars. (He would lose to Pam Iorio, who got in the race late.)

Contributions were due to be in the mail by Monday and the totals from Bob Buckhorn, Tom Scott and Ed Turanchik were not available as of this posting. Stay tuned for updates.


[Last modified: Monday, January 10, 2011 7:11pm]


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