Both sides serve up PPP allegations in testy HD 84 contest

Who used Paycheck Protection Program funding for what has gripped dialogue in House District 84.

Rep. Delores Hogan Johnson made clear she never saw any benefit from a loan wrongly given to the Florida Democratic Party. Republican challenger Dana Trabulsy, meanwhile, fended off criticism her husband’s business utilized the federal program.

It’s a sign of how the subject of coronavirus relief seeped into dialogue around one of Florida’s most competitive House races.

Through Oct. 2, about a month out from the General Election, incumbent Hogan Johnson reports she has $56,174 in cash on hand, compared to Trabulsy’s $47,328. But Trabulsy has spent $3,353 more on the race so far.

Trabulsy also received $35,183 worth of support so far from the Republican Party of Florida, a sign the GOP believes it possible to flip this seat from blue to red.

The Florida Democratic Party has provided $20,663 in support for Hogan Johnson in some form, whether cash or staff support.

That’s seen as a bit more than a show of interest. The PPP loan to the party, first reported by Florida Politics, generated substantial controversy. In July, the state party returned all the dough, at least

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