Pasco School Board chairman tops $20,000 in campaign contributions
That hasn't stopped him from amassing a larger campaign bank account than any of the other 14 candidates seeking election to the board.
After announcing in late February that he would seek a second term, Altman collected $19,745 in contributions and $500 in loans through the end of March. (See filing here.) To put that in perspective, superintendent Heather Fiorentino raised $55,701 in a competitive 2008 campaign and board vice chairwoman Joanne Hurley pulled in $36,902 for her 2008 three-way race.
What's perhaps most notable about Altman's contribution list is that it's filled primarily with Pasco County residents, not contractors or PACs (though a few of those appear). It's also made up of other people's money, not his own. (Some other candidates for other seats have seeded their accounts with personal loans up to $10,000.)
Asked what he'll do with the money if he remains unopposed, as many expect, Altman said he would return the checks to the contributors. We'll find out how the race shakes out in mid June, when qualifying takes place.