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April Thanos fundraising totals soar beyond $13,000

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With the election just 11 days away, April Thanos is continuing her push to unseat Gulfport City Council member Dan Liedtke. Thanks, a Democrat, brought in nearly $2,000 during the latest round of fundraising between February 13th and 26th.

Despite the race being non-partisan, Thanos is enjoying party money. The Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee gave Thanos her largest contribution this report with $500. The Stonewall Democrats contributed $250 and the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Progressive Political Committee donated $200. Eric Lynn, a Democrat running for the Pinellas County Congressional seat, donated $100.
Meanwhile, Liedtke’s fundraising performance has been lackluster. He’s raised just $3,200 throughout the entire campaign and just $100 during the latest reporting period. That sole contribution came from Gulfport resident Margaret Tober.
Liedtke also received a $98 in-kind contribution from Town Talk for printing. Liedtke is left with less than $1,000 in the bank. He spent about $500 this report on postage bringing his total expenses to more than $2,500.
Thanos is left with a little less than $3,000 cash on hand. She’s spent just under $11,000 to date. She spent just $15 this report on data from the Supervisor of Elections.
Despite Liedtke’s minimalist fundraising, he could still enter Election Day with an advantage as the incumbent. It’s also fairly well-understood that Liedtke has support from Mayor Sam Henderson. Though Henderson has not officially endorsed a candidate in that race.
The race will be decided March 15th as Gulfport is one of 11 municipalities with races on the 2016 Presidential Preference Primary.

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