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A quarter of Calvin Harris donations go to charity



Here's one more piece of evidence Democrat Calvin Harris was caught unaware of the threat by Republican Norm Roche, who upset the longtime incumbent Harris to be on the Pinellas County Commission in November.

Harris gave away $17,000 in unused campaign contributions to various charities and community groups, according to his final campaign finance report.

That's more than a quarter of the $61,000 that Harris raised overall. Roche raised and spent $10,800 to win the countywide election.

But Harris, 69, who now assists various mentoring programs but isn't working, downplayed the unspent dollars.

"Most of it came in too late to do anything with it. We already had our TV ad set," Harris said.



[Last modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011 4:23pm]


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