HD 35 GOP hopeful Blaise Ingoglia raises more than $24K in March

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House District 35 GOP hopeful Blaise Ingoglia posted strong fundraising numbers in the last month, with $24,650 in donations during March.

The Spring Hill homebuilder, former tournament poker player and vice chair of the Republican Party of Florida now has collected $133,062 since May 7.

Ingoglia faces Democratic former commissioner Rose Rocco for the seat covering much of Hernando County. Term-limited Republican Rep. Rob Schenck currently holds the seat.

Demonstrating grassroots support for Ingoglia’s campaign, nearly 95 percent off donations in March originated from inside HD 35, many with Brooksville and Spring Hill addresses, according to the Florida Division of Elections website.

“I am deeply humbled and encouraged by the generous support our campaign continues to receive from many local small businesses and citizens in our community,” the candidate said in a memo issued Thursday. “Our message, ‘It’s About Jobs’ resonates with the people in our district and I appreciate their confidence in me to take our message to Tallahassee.”

Ingoglia, best known for the series of “Government Gone Wild” videos on his governmentgonewild.org website has developed a high-profile conservative presence in Florida by calling out Tallahassee’s “wasteful” spending.

In addition to civic groups and local businesses, a wide variety of statewide Republican leaders also voiced support of Ingoglia, with endorsements from Attorney General Pam Bondi, State Sens. Wilton Simpson, John Thrasher, Tom Lee and John Legg, as well as scores of conservatives throughout Florida.

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