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Sarasota News Leader May 10, 2013 Page 14 raised and sets a new high-water mark for industry, sent out multiple mailers supporting candidate finances. Suzanne Atwell and Richard Dorfman. Forces outside the candidates' campaigns were also at work influencing voters. Sarasota entrepreneur Jessie Biter in mid-April formed a political committee and raised $35,100. Called Biter ECO, the organization spent $19,146, including $14,160 on polling. Biter is backing Dorfman in the race. Dorfman and Atwell have used out-of-town political consultants to help their election chances. Atwell employed Angle Mastagni Matthews Political Strategies of Fort Worth, TX, at a cost of $1,666. Dorfman used Political Ink of Washington, D.C., paying $7,500. Another and more familiar PAC is also help- Susan Chapman used no out-of-town strateing candidates. "Citizens for a Better Florida gists, nor did she benefit from the efforts of Inc.," the electioneering arm of the real estate outside political action committees. % The runoff on May 14 will decide who Sarasota's two at-large commissioners will be for the next four years. Photo by Norman Schimmel

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