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Uncle Luke Denies Raising Only $250 for Mayoral Campaign

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Rapper-turned-mayoral candidate Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell is having a little trouble getting funds for his campaign to run for mayor of Miami.

Amid reports that he only raised $250 at his last fundraiser, Campbell is setting the record straight but revealing that he is in need of financial support for his campaign race.

“Recent reports online and on the radio claim that I raised ‘only’ $250 during a fundraiser in support of my current bid for Mayor of Miami-Dade County. These reports are wrong, but not by a lot,” Campbell said in a statement to the BoomBox. “My campaign is not rolling in dough. There are no lobbyists or special interest groups supporting me. My campaign runs on donations from everyday people of $5 dollars at a time.”

In regards to the fundraiser in question, Campbell actually raised close to $2,000 that day versus $250. Even with low numbers, the 50-year-old explained that he is currently tied with component Carlos Gimenez, and with an estimated 62 percent of voters undecided, Campbell is confident that he can win their votes.

“I remain a believer in the people and a believer in our rights, and that is why I am running for the mayor,” he explained. “This is my town. I grew up here. My family and friends are here, and I am truly working for the community. My winning will be because of the support I get from them. I’m with that type of history making. This is not a race about who is raising the most money; it is a race about helping and reaching those that live in Miami-Dade.”

The former 2 Live Crew member announced his official bid for Miami mayor last month. Campbell is running on the platform of change. If elected he wants to build up the community by focusing on economic development, creating affordable housing, and cleaning up neighborhoods.

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