Philip Levine raises $250K in August - Florida Politics

Philip Levine raises $250K in August

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine dumped another $66,000 of his own money into his political committee last month, according to a new campaign finance report filed with the Florida Division of Elections.

Levine, a Democrat, is considering a run for Florida governor, and has even publicly mused about running as an independent if he were to jump into the race.

Including his own money, Levine brought in $251,015 for “All About Florida” last month. The top outside contributor was Stamford, Connecticut-based TCC Air Services at $50,000, followed by New York City resident Bobby Hematian at $25,000.

Expenditures came in at just $38,000, including $8,000 to Matthew Van Name for campaign management, $6,000 to Edge Communications for consulting work, and $5,000 to Sayfie Media for event sponsorship.

Through the end of the month, the committee had raised a total of $4.77 million and had only spent about $116,000. Levine was the source of more than $2.6 million of that money.

If he entered the race for governor as a Democrat, he would be the best-funded candidate, followed by former Congresswoman Gwen Graham of Tallahassee.

Her most recent campaign finance numbers show her with about $1.7 million in the bank for her political committee, “Our Florida,” and another $577,000 on hand in her campaign account.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.
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