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Alex Sink contributes $5K to HD 68 candidate Ben Diamond’s political committee

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Ben Diamond continues to raise cash in the final weeks of his primary race against fellow Democrat Eric Lynn in the House District 68 race.

The 37-year-old Diamond raised $21,200 from Aug. 6 to Aug. 12, and his political action committee – Protecting Pinellas Families – brought in additional $27,500 in that same period. Among the contributors to his PAC was former Florida CFO Alex Sink, who contributed $5,000.

Diamond now has $13,655 cash on hand in his campaign coffers, while his PAC has nearly $8,600 on hand.

Lynn, 38, hasn’t been raising as much money of late, in part perhaps because he has more available. From Aug. 6 to Aug. 12, the former Defense Department official raised $2,835, but has slightly more than $20,00 on hand. His PAC – Pinellas Community Voters Fund – didn’t raise any funds in that week, but still has more than $33,000 on hand.

The two Democrats are competing for the nomination next week in the Pinellas County district. The winner will face Republican JB Benshimen in November.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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