For the first time since the end of August, Erika Remsberg raised more money than her opponent in the Pasco County Commission District 2 race. But she still has a long way to catch up to the money spent by Mike Moore as the election closes in on its final week.
Remsberg, the Democrat in the race to succeed Pat Mulieri on the commission, picked up $1,914 in donations for the period ending Oct. 17, according to county election records. That was ahead of the $1,500 raised by Moore.
Most of that money was from two party-affiliated groups — the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida and the Pasco Democratic Executive Committee — which combined to donate $1,275 to Remsberg’s campaign. The rest came from local donors, all from Pasco County.
Moore locked in $1,000 from the Florida Roundtable political action committee, and an additional $500 from Bay Area Citizens for Responsible Government, the political action committee of the Tampa Bay Builders Association.
Although it might have been a slow fundraising week, that didn’t stop Moore from spending more than $23,000 — nearly all of it for advertising through Majority Strategies located in South Florida. Remsberg spent $1,103 over the course of that week, with about half of it ending up in local hands.
Moore goes into the final week with $171,000 raised, and $22,600 in the bank. Remsberg’s totals are now at just under $11,000, with a little more than $1,900 left to spend.
Voters choose between the two candidates on Nov. 4.