Trying to fend off challenger, Dorworth spends $300,000 on final-week advertising blitz

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Chris Dorworth has plowed more than $300,000 into a final-week television, radio, telephone and direct-mail advertising blitz, as he tries to beat back Democratic challenger Mike Clelland in Seminole County’s House District 29, reports Jason Garcia of the Orlando Sentinel.

Dorworth’s newest group, the “Florida Enterprise Foundation,” on Oct. 30 spent $100,000 on a television-ad buy. Then, on Nov. 1, the group put $96,000 into radio and direct-mail advertising. (The Enterprise Foundation had already spent $129,000 on TV ads for Dorworth earlier in October.)

In addition, Dorworth, through his own campaign, spent nearly $85,000 last week on TV, mail and online advertising. And the Republican Party of Florida added nearly $28,000 on telephone calls, again all last week.

… Helping make the late spending possible: incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford. One of Weatherford’s fundraising groups, the “Committee for a Conservative House,” gave $100,000 to Dorworth’s Florida Enterprise Foundation on Oct. 30.

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