MARCO ISLAND — In earlier news reports the focus was on Marco council candidate Larry Magel who continues to lead the pack in getting campaign contributions. However, he is not the only one of Marco's four candidates vying for a council seat who has out-of-state backing. Incumbent Ted Forcht also received contributions from four out-of-state supporters in a previous reporting period.
While Magel had four contributors who listed out-of-state addresses on the most recent campaign finance report for the period of Dec. 22 through Jan. 1, Forcht also had four contributors who listed out-of-state addresses on a previous filing period of Oct. 1 through Dec. 4.
All four of Magel's out-of-state supporters are also taxpaying, property owning residents of Marco Island, reported Magel's campaign manager Al Diaz. At least two of Forcht's out-of-state contributors also fit that description. Two share the Forcht family name.
Magel had about 45 contributors total and most listed Marco as their address. Forcht has 11 contributors, thus far. Final campaign finance reports will be available within 90 days after the Jan. 26 election.
Joe Batte remains the candidate with the fewest contributions. Incumbent Chuck Kiester received the second most contributions, but still several thousand fewer than Magel.
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