Challenger raises $170,000 in 6 weeks

By Times Staff
Published October 4, 2005

Observers watching the crowded Democratic primary to succeed Jim Davis in Congress have been unsure how seriously to take the candidacy of Albert Fox, the Washington lobbyist and vocal advocate for lifting the Cuban embargo.

Quite seriously, it appears.

Fox said he raised about $170,000 in the six weeks after he got into the race. That's approaching what frontrunner Kathy Castor raised in her first three months in the race. Castor said Monday her total is now up to about $350,000.

"Boy, he's a heck of a fundraiser," state Sen. Les Miller said of Fox. Miller said he raised about $70,000 during the last quarter ending Sept. 30, bringing his total raised to nearly $180,000.

Attorney Scott Farrell said he expects to report that he's raised more than $100,000. Attorney Michael Steinberg, who raised less than $6,000 in the first quarter could not be reached for comment.