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.