Jose Mallea brought in more than $50,000 in his race to replace Rep. Jose Felix Diaz in House District 116.
State records show Mallea, a Miami-Dade Republican, raised $50,640 between May 22 and June 8, bring his total raised to $140,156. Mallea faces Daniel Anthony Perez in the July 25 special primary to replace Diaz, who resigned effective Sept. 26 to run in the Senate District 40 special election.
Top contributors during the fundraising period include Andrew Card, who served as former President George W. Bush’s chief of staff and former Ambassador Al Hoffman. Other top donors include American Principles PAC; IRL PAC, which is affiliated with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; MCNA Health Care Holdings; and Sunshine Dade Investments.
Records show Mallea spent $50,018 during the fundraising period. He ended the fundraising period with $88,488 cash on hand.
Mallea has received the backing of former Gov. Jeb Bush and former House Speaker Will Weatherford. The owner of JM Global consulting, Mallea ran Sen. Marco Rubio’s successful U.S. Senate campaign in 2010. Prior to that, he served as chief of staff to former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz. He’s also served stints with the federal government, working at the U.S. Department of State and the White House.
State records show Perez raised $33,660 in the fundraising period. Top contributors during the fundraising period included JAC-RU Consulting Services, Doral Station II Corp, and Quintana & Associates.
Perez spent $45,128 during the fundraising period. He ended the period with $40,418 cash on hand.
The winner of the July 25 special primary will face Democrat Gabriela Mayaudon in the Sept. 26 special general election. Records show Mayaudon raised $1,800 and spent $1,781 during the fundraising period.