Curt Clawson receives $100K media buy boost from Tea Party Express

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Embattled GOP candidate Curt Clawson received a campaign boost this week from the outside group State Tea Party Express, which made its first spending of the cycle with almost $100K in ad buys.

Clawson faces Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, Dr. Michael Dreikorn, and Dr. Paige Kreegel in the special GOP primary for Florida’s 19th Congressional District that is less than two weeks away.

On April 22, Republican voters will determine who faces Libertarian party candidate Ray Netherwood to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel. The general election is June 24.

Radel resigned his House seat earlier this year after he was arrested in Washington D.C.  in November for misdemeanor cocaine possession.

According to Federal Election Commission filings, the conservative GOP group, using California-based Strategic Media Group, will split the $98,888 spend for the week of April 16 — $72,200 for radio, online and cable ads, and $26,688 for a direct mail blast.

Groups supporting Kreegel and Benacquisto have been attacking Clawson with more than $700,000 in outside spending.

The State Tea Party Express is affiliated with the national Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, which endorsed Clawson.


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