Horner-replacement Mike LaRosa collects a quick $60K for campaign — 45K coming from Florida GOP

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Buoyed by $45,000 from the state Republican Party, last-minute candidate Mike LaRosa collected $60,300 in contributions between Oct. 1 and Oct. 12 as he tries to capture the House District 42 seat, new records show.

LaRosa, who also loaned his campaign $25,000, entered the race after Rep. Mike Horner, R-Kissimmee, stepped aside because of being named in a prostitution investigation. Along with getting money from the state party, LaRosa also received contributions from companies and groups such as TECO Energy and the Florida Transportation Builders’ Association.

LaRosa’s opponent, Frostproof Democrat Eileen Game, raised a total of $7,325 through Sept. 28, though her latest numbers had not been posted on the state Division of Elections website early Thursday afternoon.

Via The News Service of Florida.

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