By Martin Comas
August 15, 2020

The developer of the controversial River Cross development donated $50,000 during the final stretch ahead of Tuesday’s primary election to a political committee run by Republican strategists who have paid for attack ads against two county commissioners who have long opposed the massive housing project.

According to state campaign records, developer and lobbyist Chris Dorworth’s company, CED Strategies LLC, made the contribution on Aug. 4 to Greater Florida Foundation. That’s on top of $100,000 that CED Strategies gave to the same committee on July 9 for a total of $150,000.

Greater Florida Foundation is part of a family of political committees run by Republican strategists William Stafford Jones and Richard Coates that support candidates across the state. And in recent weeks, one of those Tallahasee-based PACs, Sunshine State Rising, paid for television ads slamming Republican commissioners Bob Dallari and Lee Constantine.

“This is just another example of Mr. Dorworth trying to control the narrative of these elections and thereby control the commission so he can use Seminole County as his own ATM machine,” Constantine said. “Fortunately, the citizens of Seminole County have seen beyond his dirty schemes and are going to reject them on Tuesday.”

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