HD 65 hopeful Chris Sprowls pulls far ahead of the competition in March fundraising

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Republican Chris Sprowls pulled far ahead of the competition last month in fundraising numbers for the House District 65 race against incumbent Democrat Rep. Carl “Z” Zimmerman.

The Tarpon Springs Republican added $9,235 in March for a total of $139,666 overall in the race for the seat covering much of north Pinellas County and Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and East Lake.

Sprowls spent $1,522 last month, for $32,574 in total expenditures, leaving just over $109,000 cash on hand.

In contrast, Zimmerman raised only $3,225 in the abbreviated March reporting period, leaving him with a total of $63,351 in donations — less than half the amount raised by his first-time GOP opponent.

By Florida law, incumbents cannot fundraise during the legislative session, which in 2014 began on March 4. 

Zimmerman spent $205 in March, for a total expenditure of $1,194, giving him $62,257 cash on hand, again only about 57 percent of Sprowls’ war chest. 

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