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Hackworth bashes Latvala fund-raising ties



Democrat Bob Hackworth took a look at Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala's $86,000 in campaign contributions and didn't like what he saw from the Republican he wants to unseat this fall.

Hackworth has promised to accept no more than $100 contributions, and nothing from corporations or people with business in front of the County Commission. While that leaves little room to raise a lot money, it leaves a lot of room to grill Latvala over the interests putting cash into her re-election bid.

From Hackworth's news release:

"Susan Latvala's list of contributors is Exhibit A for what I believe is wrong with our County Commission. The reports shows a total of 52 percent of her money comes in the form of $400 checks written mostly by developers, contractors, LLCs, and PACs," says Pinellas County Commission candidate and former mayor of Dunedin, Bob Hackworth. $44,000 of her total is made up of 88 of these $500 checks, including checks from individuals doing business with county government.

"This raises the public percept question of who Susan Latvala is really serving on the County Commission," says Hackworth. "perhpas even more stunning is how quickly Susan Latvala seems to have forgotten the public's anger over the Jim Smith land deal scandal and the perception of conflicts of interest and coziness at the commission level.

Latvala's report shows a $1,000 contribuiton from the fired Pinellas County Attorney (Susan Churuti) in that land deal scandal and her husband, a $500 contribution from the current Property Tax Appriaser's (Pam Dubov) husband, contribution from two other current county Constitutional officers whose budget the Commission will set this summer, as well as numerous checks from developers and contractors with pending business before the commission.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer



[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:31pm]


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