Patty Sheehan may have a heart of gold – or, at least, a campaign account to empty. Orlando’s city commissioner recently donated her left over election funds to the local gay center:
When her lone opponent dropped out of the race, Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan was left sitting on a pile of campaign cash with no campaign to spend it on.
The law allows candidates to distribute their unused contributions to charities of their choice. On Tuesday, Sheehan presented a check for $25,000, most of her funds, to the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Community Center of Central Florida. The center…is raising money for a building fund. The group provides support and social programs to more than 15,000 people a year.
Sheehan, who is gay, had about $43,000 left when challenger Sam Odom ended his candidacy in October, citing fundraising problems.
Oh, poor Odom! Literally…