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Committee opposing greyhound-racing ban posts middling finance report

The political committee looking to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to ban greyhound racing in Florida brought in just $6,644 last week, according to a new campaign finance report.

The Committee to Support Greyhounds opened up last month for the “purpose of promoting greyhound welfare, racing, and adoption, as well as educating the public regarding the life of racing greyhounds.”

Or, in other words, to oppose Amendment 13.

After six weeks of fundraising, the committee has now raised a little over $21,000 and has about $13,000 in the bank. Their newly reported donors include West Virginia car dealership owner Lester Raines and Iowa dietician Ann Wennberg, both of whom checked in at the $1,000 level, along with 65 other donors who chipped in smaller amounts.

In addition to the monetary support, the anti-Amendment 13 group received more than $12,000 worth of “in-kind” support.

Gary Keller, part owner of stock car racing team JD Motorsports, was the source of $10,000 of those benefits thanks to his putting a sticker on one of the team’s cars.

The Committee to Protect Dogs, the group behind the “Protect Dogs – Yes on 13” campaign, has vastly outraised their opposition.

Though the committee has not posted its report for July 7 through July 13, it had already cracked the $300,000 mark in total fundraising before the end of June.

That fundraising was on the back of $100,000 checks from The Humane Society of the United States and Grey2K USA Worldwide. The committee had $291,500 in the bank on July 6.

Amendment 13 was placed on the ballot by the 2017-18 Constitution Revision Commission. It would outlaw betting on dog races beginning in 2021. Amendments need at least 60 percent approval to be added to the state constitution.

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