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Irv Slosberg self-funds another $50K in SD 31 race, now at $170K in loans

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Rep. Irv Slosberg has dropped another $50,000 of his personal wealth into his Senate District 31 campaign, bringing his self-funding to a significant total of $170,000 in loans, new campaign reports show.

The Boca Raton Democrat has raised another $76,000 in traditional contributions for a total war chest of some $246,000 through July 8. He has reported spending $213,000, including $42,000 in the last two weeks, leaving him with cash on hand in the range of $27,000.

Slosberg, who had been expected to run for re-election to his House seat, was a surprise Democratic challenger to Jeff Clemens, a Lake Worth lawmaker who is a rising Democratic leader in the Senate. Slosberg, who has a net worth of over $9 million, joined the Senate race on the last day of the qualifying period last month.

Clemens has not filed his new report yet, but through June 24 had raised $143,000 and spent $65,000. He also has a separate political committee that could aid his re-election.

Clemens, who has criticized Slosberg for not living in the Senate district, sent out a fundraising appeal Thursday again questioning Slosberg’s motives.

“Fact: my opponent isn’t a progressive, and he’s really not much of a Democrat, either,” Clemens wrote.

Lloyd Dunkelberger is a Tallahassee-based political reporter and columnist; he most recently served as Tallahassee bureau chief for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

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