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Terry Power adds $5K of his own money to HD 64 campaign

Terry Power, Tampa Rep. Jamie Grant’s Republican Primary challenger in House District 64, put another $5,000 of his own money into his campaign last month according to a newly filed campaign finance report.

Power, an Oldsmar retirement plan consultant, showed $5,320 in fundraising including the loan, with the remaining money coming in from seven small-dollar donors, including two individuals who cut checks for $100.

That income was outstripped by $7,311 in spending, almost all of which was spent on advertising.

Among the ad spending was a $4,312 payment to Clear Channel Outdoors, $850 to Google, $450 to the Pinellas County Republican Party, $369 to the UPS Store and numerous other small purchases.

The Pinellas County Republican Party also received $500 for a sponsorship.

Since filing for the race last year, Power has raised $5,920 from outside sources while putting $70,000 of his own money into his campaign. He finished March with $51,366 in the bank.

In addition to challenging Grant in the primary, Power has filed a lawsuit aimed at disqualifying Grant from running for re-election.

Grant was first elected in 2010 and has been re-elected three times since, but a challenge to his 2014 results led to a brief period where he was out of office, resetting his term limit. Power believes otherwise.

Through the end of February, Grant had raised $102,600 for his re-election campaign and had about $47,000 on hand.

Also running for the seat are Democrats Christopher Smutko and Heather Stahl as well as no-party candidate Andy Warrener.

Of the three, only Stahl has made headway in fundraising. She had about $10,000 in the bank in her most recent report.

House District 64 covers a northwestern section of Hillsborough and some of eastern Pinellas County. The seat has a heavy Republican lean.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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