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Stealth cameo by Hastert means another windfall for Gus Bilirakis

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U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to swing into town this evening to stump for Gus Bilirakis, Republican candidate for the District 9 seat being vacating by his father, Rep. Mike Bilirakis.  Hastert will be making a stealth appearance -- meaning no press allowed -- at a reception at the home of Pinellas County Commissioner Ronnie Duncan, said Bilirakis' campaign manager Rob Whitney.  About 100 people are expected at the $150-person fundraiser ($500 for a photo-op), Whitney said, including State Reps. Leslie Waters and Kim Berfield, Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard , Sheriff Jim Coats, and Pinellas County Commissioners Susan Latvala and  John Moroni.  Whitney said the event will likely yield about $50,000 for Bilirakis campaign coffers, which combined with the windfall from Vice President Cheney's recent visit, would bring the two-week fundraising total to about $300,000.  According to federal campaign finance filings and a little math, that means Bilirakis' overall receipts top more $1.8 million, more than double the maximum his father ever raised in a single election cycle ( $780,000 in 1992). Records filed at the end of June show that Bilirakis had a little over $1 million cash on hand. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 4:09pm]

    

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