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Wells passes Wilson for political donations



Pasco County Commission candidate Mike Wells Jr. has pulled way ahead of his opponent, incumbent Commissioner Henry Wilson, in the race for campaign cash.

According to the latest campaign finance reports, Wells has out-raised Wilson by nearly 2-1. The reports show Wells raising $46,459.85 since filing April 4 to run against Wilson in the District 4 GOP primary.

Wilson's report, meanwhile, shows $25,111.85 in political contributions.

Many of Wells' donations came in the form of $1,000 checks -- 22 of them -- including from developers, car dealers, lawyers, financial advisers and at least one farmer.

Wells is the son of longtime Pasco County Property Appraiser Mike Wells.

The report shows Pasco Economic Development Council Chairman Dewey Mitchell gave Wells $250. Former County Commissioner Ed Collins contributed $500. And Trinity developer Adam Smith Enterprises gave Wells $1,000.

Wilson, meanwhile, has pulled in seven $1,000 contributions, including from state Sen. Wilton Simpson, a roofing company and Adam Smith Enterprises. Like Adam Smith, several donors gave to both campaigns.

Wilson also had contributions from GOP State Committeewoman Sandy Graves ($131.49 for food at a fundraiser), District 2 county commmission candidate Ken Littlefield ($100) and Dewey Mitchell ($250).

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 5:47pm]


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