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Mike Moore out-raises opponent in Pasco race



A change in fundraising rules seems to have helped Pasco County Commission candidate Mike Moore who pulled in more than $11,000 in November, including eight $1,000 contributions tied to a Trinity developer.

Fundraising rules approved the last legislative session permitted state and county candidates to accept $1,000 donations instead of the previous $500 maximum.

The change has certainly aided Moore’s campaign. The business broker and president of Wesley Chapel’s Republican club pulled in $8,000 in $1,000 contributions from companies tied to developer Lew Friedland of Palm Harbor. One of those, Adam Smith Enterprises, was a major developer of Trinity.

Among Moore’s other contributions were $100 from Lacoochee activist Richard Riley, $500 from Galaxy Fireworks and $500 from Don Porter, a rancher. Altogether, Moore raised $11,550 in November and $29,375 since July when he filed to run for county commission.

His GOP opponent, Bob Robertson, a financial planner from Lake Bernadette, has raised just shy of $10,000 since his July filing. In November, he pulled in $2,120, according to campaign finance reports.

Two of Robertson’s contributions stand out: In November, he received two $750 contributions from two property management companies – Greenacre Management Systems and Greenacre Properties Inc. State records show the companies are owned by Jeff Greenacre of Tampa.

Previously, campaign finance reports were required of candidates on a quarterly basis. Now, because of the rule change, they are required monthly.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:57pm]


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