MARCO ISLAND — When it comes to campaign financing, the focus was on Marco council candidate Larry Magel, who continues to lead the pack in total contributions.
In the Wednesday edition of the Marco Eagle, it was reported that Magel stood out from the other candidates not only in terms of total contributions, but also number of contributors, spending more than collected thus far and having out-of-state backing.
While Magel does continue to get the most financial support from voters, he is not the only one of Marco’s four candidates vying for three open council seats who has contributors who listed out-of-state addresses. Furthermore, those addresses don’t necessarily indicate that they’re not Islanders — at least for some part of the year.
“They’re taxpaying, property-owning residents of Marco Island,” said Magel’s campaign manager Al Diaz.
Incumbent Ted Forcht also received contributions from four out-of-state supporters in an earlier reporting period. Those contributors are primarily family members, some of whom also have property on Marco, he indicated.
Forcht said he didn’t understand what the big fuss was about his family supporting his campaign endeavors.
“Much of the feedback the Eagle received both publicly and privately had readers questioning our motives for sharing the reports,” said Editor Bill Green. “While there are folks on both sides who may attempt to abuse the information provided in favor or against a particular candidate, we believe our readers are smarter than that. Our primary job is to provide the information and let you make the decisions.”