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Hackworth stretches, defends his $100 donation limit in Pinellas race




At an Aug. 19 fund-raiser and rally in Dunedin, Democrat Bob Hackworth again talked up his promise not to accept more than a $100 contribution, and nothing from companies that do business with the county.

At the same meeting, two checks worth more than $100 were accepted for his campaign. Hackworth said Thursday he had no choice because they represented support from more than one person in a family, but the money couldn't be broken up from a single check from one family member a day before the finance report filing deadline.

"I’m meeting the spirit of my self imposed $100 donation limit, and obviously there’s nothing wrong with a contribution at the $500 limit legally," Hackworth said.


"I’m not surprised you’re asking, but you know, this is my self imposed standard," he added.

They are among roughly 250 individual contributions, a level Hackworth said shows he has solid support in his bid to oust County Commissioner Susan Latvala, a well-funded Republican whose held the District 4 seat for a decade. That said, he's also contributed more than $20,000 from his own pocket.

"I’m no Rick Scott so I’m not going to be able to have unlimited funds," said Hackworth, though he said he has set no limit on his own contributions to the race. He sank $90,000 into an unsuccessful 2008 bid for Congress.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:41pm]


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