David Simmons adds $75K; Ellyn Bogdanoff approaches $28K

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State Sen. David Simmons, raised just about $75,000 in campaign contributions the most recent two-week period, as he faces no-party candidate Walter Osborne in his bid for re-election in November, according to the state Division of Elections.

The Altamonte Springs Republican collected $74,987 between June 21 and July 4, for an overall total of $289,213 for his Senate District 10 campaign. Osborne, a resident of Oviedo, reported no donations but loaned $7,608 to his campaign.

During the same two-week period, former Republican Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff collected $27,925 for her Senate District 34 campaign. The Fort Lauderdale Republican opened an account June 12 and now has a total of $38,675. Bogdanoff faces Sen. Maria Sachs, the Delray Beach Democrat, who defeated her in 2012.

Sachs added $6,940 in the two-week reporting period, for an overall total of $212,335.

Friday was the deadline for filing updated campaign finance reports.

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