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David Richardson’s congressional campaign has $500K third-quarter haul

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State Rep. David Richardson announced Wednesday that he will report raising over $500,000 for his bid in Florida’s 27th Congressional District in the third quarter, his first since filing.

More than 90 percent of the 2,400-plus donors who contributed to the Miami Beach Democrat last quarter gave less than $200 dollars. The campaign added small-dollar donors who pitched in $25 or less made up 80 percent of the take from July through September.

“I’m honored to have received such tremendous support from a broad spectrum of Democrats. I’m especially pleased that we have been able to touch grassroots supporters and progressive activists so early in the race,” Richardson said. “In just 82 days our supporters came out when we needed them most in order to help us demonstrate strength in our critical first fundraising quarter.”

The biggest donor in those first 82 days was Richardson himself, who loaned his campaign $250,000. The successful accountant has loaned his past campaigns money and, unlike some other candidates, has demonstrated a willingness to spend those dollars.

Richardson is running to replace longtime Republican U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who announced earlier this year she would not seek re-election in 2018.

Her decision led to a wave of candidates filing for the race, including seven Democrats.

Final reports for the third quarter aren’t due to the Federal Elections Commission until Oct. 15 and none of Richardson’s primary opponents, chief among them state Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, have released information on their fundraising efforts.

While Richardson’s own report is not quite finalized, his campaign estimated he will report about $441,000 cash on hand.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Orlando Rising and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.
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