State senate candidate Lizbeth Benacquisto lists many jobs, but little income

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Via Asked at various speeches and forums during her campaign for the Republican nomination in the race for state Senate District 27 – now held by Sen. Dave Aronberg, who’s running for attorney general – Lizbeth Benacquisto has described herself as a Realtor, businesswoman and special events consultant.

But her financial disclosure forms since 2002 show virtually no income from those activities. Her income is about $9,000 annually from her post as a council member in Wellington, a town in Palm Beach County, according to the forms.

Her 2009 form states she was a full-time student at Palm Beach Atlantic University. In 2008, she notes $39,000 made from her special events consulting work, in addition to the Wellington salary.

Asked about the apparent discrepancies in what she reports as her occupations and what she does, Benacquisto said she receives support from her ex-husband, which does not have to be disclosed. She got her Realtor’s license in 2007, she said, but has not been active in that field lately because of the time spent at school and her council duties.

“For many years, I was a stay-at-home mom,” she said, adding that in 2009 she was a full-time student. “This year I’m working.”

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