Pinellas' Political Cash Cows
That last one should be no big surprise. It's the home of the Sembler Co., the development company founded by GOP uber-fundraiser Mel Sembler, whose son Brent Sembler is Republican gubernatorial candidat e Charlie Crist's finance director. That Sembler business address produced 62 $500 contributions, for a total of $31,000, for Crist's campaign. Supporters at the other two addresses back Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher over Crist.
The Ulmerton Road address, home to developer and restaurateur Fred Bullard's myriad corporate interests, produced 25 $500 checks for Gallagher, or $12,500. Bullard said he commited to help Gallagher when Gallagher dropped his bid for U.S. Senate in 200O.
The U.S. 19 address belongs to a host of companies connected to Frank Mongelluzzi, best-known as CEO of Able Body Labor. Gallagher received $11,000 from that address. A spokesman for Mongelluzzi, Todd Wiseman, said he and Gallagher met and hit it off.
"Frank has a good Christian-owned family business, and hopefully he's giving to someone who's like-minded," Wiseman said.
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