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Bob Buckhorn PAC builds war chest

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One Florida Political Action Committee, the political committee formed by friends of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, has now raised over $60,000 since being created in December.

The PAC raised $43,875.15 in February, by far its most prolific month in its short infancy. Nearly a quarter of that amount, or $10,000, came via a contribution from LSI Management Co., also known as Laser Spine Institute on Rocky Point.

$5,000 came from Alliant Partners, a Tampa architecture firm, and there were two $2,500 contributions: one from the Tampa law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick. Another came from the D.C.-based law firm of Squire Sanders, now doing business as Squire Patton Boggs.

$2,000 came from the Florida Police Benevolent Association, and another $2,000 from James D. Robinson, an IT consultant from Lakeland.

Buckhorn won re-election last week with numbers typical of a third-world dictator, taking 96 percent of the vote against write-in candidate Jose Vazquez.  Buckhorn has not denied speculation that he is contemplating a run for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018.

At an event with the Tampa Police Department on Wednesday, Buckhorn joked that, “This is my first public appearance as a lame duck, but there will be nothing lame about this duck.”


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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