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Mariano has productive fundraising month in Pasco race



Incumbent Republican Commissioner Jack Mariano had a fruitful November in his political fundraising efforts.

Mariano, seeking a fourth four-year term, raised more than $24,000 last month, including 52 donations totaling nearly $20,000 on Nov. 10 – the day Crown Community Development, the developer of Watergrass and Seven Oaks in Wesley Chapel, was the host for a campaign fundraiser for the commissioner.

Contributors included construction companies, engineers, dirt haulers, road pavers, home builders, a billboard company, real estate brokers, planners, surveyors and attorneys. During the month, Mariano received $1,500 bundled from companies owned by Alex Deeb, $2,000 from Dr. James Gills’ companies, and $250 from county lobbyist Sunrise Consulting.
His opponent, New Port Richey deputy mayor Bill Phillips, loaned his campaign $3,000 on Nov. 13, the day he announced his candidacy, and reported no other contributions.

In the District 1 commission race, Debbie Wells reported $3,000 in contributions from Deeb’s companies, and $1,000 of her own money. Rachel O’Connor received $2,000 from two companies owed by rancher/developer Robert Thomas and $500 from Dibbs Plaza Ltd., a Tampa company whose owner, Stephen Dibbs, unsuccessfully sued Hillsborough County in federal court contending its community plans for Keystone-Odessa were illegal. Ron Oakley did not begin his campaign until Dec. 1. All three Republicans are seeking the seat being vacated by four-term Commissioner Ted Schrader.

Schrader, who is running for property appraiser, raised $22,000 in November even though he has no opponent. Contributors included Pressman and Associates, who represent Clear Channel outdoor advertising; School Board member Allen Altman’s insurance firm; Schrader family members; lawyers Hutch Brock and Leonard Johnson; the Wiregrass Ranch owner/developers; trash haulers and developers.

The campaign finance reports are available at the supervisor of elections web site


[Last modified: Friday, December 11, 2015 3:52pm]


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