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Avis Harrison has now loaned her own campaign $21,000 in Tampa City Council District 7 race

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Avis Harrison cut a $4,000 check earlier this week for her campaign for the Tampa City Council District 7 seat.  That follows the $21,000 she gave to her campaign in the last fund-raising period. Her $44,038 that she has raised in the race is second only to Luis Viera, who has raised $66,529.

Meanwhile, the $1,000 check that the Hillsborough County Republican Party cut for Jim Davison last month has now been listed as officially returned back to the party.

That contribution violated the city of Tampa’s Charter, which forbids political parties to contribute in nonpartisan races, which the council race is, though virtually all of the candidates in the race are part of one of the two major parties. Actually, Davison is the only registered Republican in the race, making it easy for the GOP to want to single him out for a contribution. Earlier in the week, Ione Townsend, the chair of the Hillsborough County Democratic Party, officially filed a complaint about the contribution with the Florida Elections Commission.

Davison contributed $2,000 to his own campaign in the last fund-raising period, and received a $500 check from HILLPAC, the political arm of the Hillsborough County Medical Association. Davison is an emergency room physician.

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

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