Email Insights: Alex Sink reveals CD 13’s “dirty little secret”

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Thanks to Alex Sink, the “dirty little secret” is out.

In the Democratic candidate’s newest email blast, the moment the Jan. 14 GOP primary for Congressional District 13 ends, a flood of “secretly funded Super PACs” will overwhelm Pinellas County, with shadowy figures spending “whatever it takes” to keep the Washington D.C. status quo.

The coming influx of special interest groups embraces a “reckless agenda of obstruction,” and Sink says she will “change that” once in Congress.

But she needs help to fight the impending attacks, and she needs it right NOW!

Sink developed a “Pinellas Rapid Response Fund” that needs $25,000 in donations before midnight tonight, in the seven days before she learns who will be her Republican opponent.

Even $3 will make the difference when facing the expected barrage of negative ads, so the email provides not one, or two, but three convenient links to the ActBlue continuing donation page.

With only 63 days left until the March 11 special elections, expect to see many, many more of these email money pitches, each one with its own distinct deadline.

That is the real “dirty secret” of the CD 13 campaign.

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