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Wilton Simpson leads John Legg in first fundraising total for Senate seat

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Simpson leads Legg in first fundraising total

East Pasco egg farmer Wilton Simpson has raised $90,000 in the first fundraising period in his bid for the state Senate. Much of the total came in $500 checks from agricultural and development interests, and all but a handful of checks came during the last two weeks in March.

Simpson, a Republican, filed for the seat held by term-limited Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey. The other announced candidate for the seat is Rep. John Legg, R-Port Richey, who raised $54,000 in the fundraising period ending March 31.

Legg collected dozens of smaller amounts, but also got $500 checks from various special interests such as beverage distributors and the health care industry. As a sitting legislator, Legg is banned from raising money during the two-month legislative session that began March 8.

Simpson does not currently live in the district, which stretches along the coast from north Pinellas into Citrus County. Lawmakers will re-draw political districts next spring, and new U.S. Census figures show that Pasco County has nearly enough residents to support its own Senate district.

Wilton Simpson leads John Legg in first fundraising total for Senate seat 04/12/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:21pm]
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