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Lotsa questions about a longshot GOP challenger to Rick Scott



The Sarasota Herald-Tribine took a closer look at one of the obscure, longshot Republicans running for governor. From the H-t:

How does a Nigerian-educated pharmacist raise $182,000 in the governor’s race with no name recognition, no political ties and a website that says she’s running for “new age ruler?”

She gets it from hundreds of donors who say they live in Florida but do not, from dozens of addresses that don’t show up on a map and from at least three people who appear to be dead.

The campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Yinka Adeshina is a curious one, having reportedly raised money in March, even though most Floridians have never heard of her and Gov. Rick Scott has no plans to debate her before the primary.

While $182,000 is small potatoes in a race where Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist each raised $2 million in a single month, Adeshina reported bringing in cash from people all across Florida — and she plans to ask taxpayers to give her even more.

A state law lets candidates take public financing if they raise more than $150,000 on their own, as long as the donors live in Florida. Adeshina has surpassed that threshold and filed paperwork signaling her intent to collect taxpayer money for the campaign.

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[Last modified: Friday, June 20, 2014 11:42am]


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