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Rouson trumps McKenzie in fundraising



ST. PETERSBURG- State House candidates Darryl Rouson and Charles McKenzie both talk like grassroots activists.

But when it comes to campaign fundraising, Rouson is all business.

The incumbent raised $25,936 since April with the help of donations from the state Democratic party, the Florida Physical Therapy Association, Amscot Financial Services and the Florida Education Association. St. Petersburg City Council Member Karl Nurse also donated $100 to Rouson's campaign.

Meanwhile, McKenzie has $9,050 in donations. His supporters include the St. Petersburg Democrats, the law firm of Czaia & Gallagher and Pinellas Stonewall Political Action Committee. Most of his donations come from individuals, including $50 from Council Member Wengay Newton.

Rouson also raised more money than McKenzie when the two men faced off against each other in the March District 55 special election primary. McKenzie is holding a fundraiser at the Enoch Davis Center Saturday.

Calvester Benjamin-Anderson, a write-in candidate and the only Republican in the race, didn't raise a cent.

-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:31am]


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