Dana Young posts impressive $102K in Q3 for unopposed HD 60 campaign

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Rep. Dana Young reported impressive third-quarter fundraising numbers as she adds more than $102,000 to her House District 60 re-election effort, according to the Florida Division of Elections. The two-term Republican is currently running unopposed for the seat that covers much of South Tampa and the downtown region.

Donations to Young’s campaign between July 1 and Sept. 30 totaled $102,561 for a net of $173,711 in the past year.

Among the 290 separate contributions that added up to a blockbuster third quarter fundraising effort, more than $10,000 came from the real estate industry, $5350 from the beverage trade, $3,500 from transportation concerns and $3000 from a group of gambling and parimutuel interests as well as a $500 check from the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Hillsborough County has been talked about a possible location for a destination resort as the Legislature considers gambling expansion across the state in the 2014 session. The Seminole-run Hard Rock Casino is also located in Tampa.

Young also received strong support from the Tampa legal community, receiving almost $7300 from 28 Tampa-area attorneys.

During the same period, Young spent $7,164 on her campaign, with about a third ($2,472) on a September event at the Tampa Yacht and Country club.

With her nearly insurmountable lead in financing, it is hard to believe Young will face any serious competition in the 2014 elections.  

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