Dana Young has now raised more than $1M for re-election bid - Florida Politics

Dana Young has now raised more than $1M for re-election bid

A broad range of supporters helped Dana Young raise over $1 million between her state Senate campaign and committee accounts — with more than $100,000 in just the last month — according to new reports filed with the Florida Division of Elections.

The Tampa Republican has now amassed a million-dollar war chest — of which $800,000 remains in on hand cash — for her 2018 re-election bid, a robust fundraising prowess that is helping Young remain unopposed. She has served Florida Senate District 18 since 2016. 

Through her committee, Friends of Dana Young, Young added $75,500 in November, with another $21,000 going to her campaign.

Among last month’s top donors to the committee include $12,500 from the GOPAC Election Fund — a nationwide group that seeks to support a “healthy roster of prepared and tested Republican leaders.”

Also giving $10,000 each were the Florida-based cigarette, cigar and e-cigarette manufacturer Dosal Tobacco Corporation and Virginia-based Altria Client Services.

Fantasy-sports website Draft Kings gave $5,000, as did the public-employee trade union AFSCME.

Donations to the campaign account came in through a diverse group of 22 contributions, 20 of which were at $1,000, the maximum allowable: Walmart Stores, Pacific Life, the Palm Beach Kennel Club, Dosal, RAI Services and Swisher International.

The report shows Young spent $10,591 for her campaign and $8,895 for her committee; Gainesville-based Data Targeting Inc. received the most with $5,071.

Florida Finance Strategies received $3,500 for consulting, $3,000 to Webelect.net for a data services subscription, and $2,750 for advertising through the influential Bascom Communications.

Heading into December, Young enjoys a significant cash advantage, with $658,579 on-hand for the committee and another $145,183 for her campaign account — $803,762 between the two.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, Florida Politics, Orlando Rising and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also publisher of the quarterly INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, SaintPetersBlog 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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