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Greco widens fundraising lead in Tampa mayor's race

TAMPA — Former Mayor Dick Greco widened his lead in campaign fundraising, raising nearly $57,000 in the latest two-week reporting period. That's more than all four of his rivals combined.

Through Feb. 4, Greco had collected a total of nearly $350,000 in cash contributions since getting into the race in late November. He has spent $137,245, leaving him with nearly $213,000 for the remainder of the race to the March 1 city election and, if necessary, the March 22 runoff.

Campaign finance reports due Friday show that Greco's rivals generally continue to raise money of their own, but not nearly on the same pace.

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita raised $17,185 from Jan. 22 to Feb. 4, the most recent reporting period, bringing her campaign fundraising total to nearly $273,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. She has spent nearly $66,000 so far.

Former Tampa City Council member Bob Buckhorn raised almost $15,000 in the latest reporting period, bringing his total contributions to his campaign to more than $189,000. He has spent a little less than $90,000 so far.

Former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik raised $9,600, bringing his total campaign fundraising close to $73,000. He has spent $56,451.

The Rev. Thomas Scott, the former county commissioner and current chairman of the Tampa City Council, raised less than $2,000 in cash but loaned his campaign $20,000 of his own money.

With the loan, Scott's campaign treasury has taken in nearly $54,000 and spent nearly $28,000.

Greco widens fundraising lead in Tampa mayor's race 02/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 12, 2011 10:43pm]
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