Taking full advantage of the legislative fundraising break, Chris Sprowls widened his lead for the House District 65 race against incumbent Democrat Rep. Carl “Z” Zimmerman.
The Tarpon Springs Republican added $5,375 April 1-30 for a total of $145,041 overall in the race for the seat covering parts of north Pinellas County, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and East Lake.
Sprowls spent $9,379 last month, for $41,953 in total expenditures, leaving just over $103,000 cash on hand.
Since sitting legislators are banned from fundraising during the session, which ended May 2, Zimmerman reported zero in fundraising, leaving him with a total of $63,351 in donations — less than half the amount raised by Sprowls.
Zimmerman spent $150 in April, for a total expenditure of $1344, giving him $62,000 cash on hand, again only about 42 percent of the war chest of his first-time Republican opponent.