Chris Sprowls nears $160K for HD 65 bid

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House District 65 GOP Chris Sprowls continues his solid fundraising effort, adding another $3,560 between June 21 and July 4.

Sprowls’ contribution totals now stand at $159,876, with $104,590 cash on hand, for his campaign to unseat incumbent Democrat Rep. Carl “Z” Zimmermann. House District 65 covers Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and East Lake.

Zimmerman raised $4,455 in the same two-week period, spending $6,728, for a total $72,481 — less than half the amount raised by first-time Republican candidate Sprowls.

Zimmerman spent $6,728 during the reporting period, bringing total expenditures to $8,512, leaving him just over $64,000 cash on hand, less than two-thirds that of his Republican opponent.

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