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Gelber posts lower-than-expected fund-raising number

Democratic Attorney General candidate Dan Gelber's campaign announced it raised $205,000 in the final quarter of the year. The total is much less than the $315,000 haul from the previous period.

Gelber campaign manager Christian Ulvert said the figure is less than expected but the campaign isn't worried after raising $670,000 in 2009. No word on the present cash-on-hand so far.

One reason for the lower number: the special session. Ulvert said Gelber, a state senator, canceled a major Dec. 10 fundraiser after lawmakers were called back to Tallahassee to deal with the Sun Rail legislation.

Senate rules say fundraising is prohibited during a special session -- but not if the event was scheduled before the call for the session. Even still, Gelber said holding such an event would violate the spirit of the law, Ulvert said.

Gelber's opponent in the primary, Sen. Dave Aronberg, didn't cancel his Tampa fundraiser Dec. 7. Arongberg, D-Greenacres, has yet to disclose his latest figures.


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