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Moore by a mile in fundraising

If campaign fundraising were akin to the Indy 500, Pasco County commission candidate Mike Moore would be at victory lane guzzling a quart of milk.

As he has all campaign season, Moore, a business broker and president of Wesley Chapel's Republican club, is running miles ahead of fellow Republican candidates Bob Robertson and Ken Littlefield in the race for campaign dollars, according to the latest finance reports.

They show Moore with more than $54,000 on hand after raising $72,861 and spending $18,843. April was especially fruitful with $22,300 in contributions, including several fat $1,000 checks.

By comparison, Robertson, a financial planner, and Littlefield, a former state representative, are stuck in neutral.

The reports show Robertson with $11,606 in contributions and $6,125 in expenditures, meaning he has about $5,481 in the bank.

The report covers April 1 to April 30. Littlefield, who entered the race in mid-January, has raised $4,400 and spent $1,525 for a $2,875 balance.

In other words, Moore has 10 times as much cash on hand as his closest rival.

The three are aiming to replace Commissioner Pat Mulieri, who's retiring this year after 20 years in office. Only one Democrat has filed to run, Erika Remsberg. She has a balance of $101 after raising $553.

[Last modified: Monday, June 2, 2014 12:36pm]


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