Dan Gelber leads rivals in AG cash race
Hauling in $314,250 last quarter, state Sen. Dan Gelber outraised his Democratic rival for Attorney General, Sen. Dave Aronberg, who pulled in $228,099. Kind of unexpected, this, considering Aronberg is a money-raising machine, though his cash-raising aggressiveness led to a $50,000 check from a political committee controlled by now-indicted political player Alan Mendelsohn. Oops.**
Rarer still (this current governor's race excepted), each Democrat outraised a Republican, Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, who pulled in $175,419.
**Note: Gelber has an indirect and far less expensive tie to Mendelsohn. In 2004, while in the House, he sponsored a failed amendment that would have benefited an alleged Mendelsohn lobbying client, credit-counseling agency owner Howard Dvorkin. Incidentally, Aronberg sponsored the bill that Mendelsohn fought against. All of this is just to say that Alan Mendelsohn, who played a behind-the-scenes role in so many races, could become a campaign issue himself.
Marc Caputo, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau