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A Republican House candidate's questionable ties to La Raza

Fabian Calvo, a Republican candidate in the race for House District 45 in Pinellas County, considers himself part of the tea party movement but gave thousands of dollars to the controversial left-wing group La Raza.

La Raza documents show Calvo joined the President's Council in 2005 and 2007 -- which requires a $1,000 contribution. But Calvo, who anchors a firebrand conservative talkshow on local AM radio (WTAN), said he joined to get an "inside perspective" so he can criticize the organization on his show. (The link for his program on the station's website goes to Calvo's campaign Web page, though he says they are separate.)

Calvo stopped paying La Raza in 2007 and joined other liberal organizations to get material for his show. But he couldn't explain why he needed to spent thousands to get information about La Raza. He said it had nothing to do with his business, which targets Latinos interested in the real estate market.

The open Florida House seat (currently held by former Dunedin Mayor Tom Anderson) is one of the most closely watched this year, especially considering the candidacy of Richard Corcoran, the former chief of staff to U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio.

John Frank, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:40pm]


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