Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum‘s campaign is reporting that he raised a quarter million dollars in December between his official campaign and his independent committee, marking his first $200,000 month since early last spring.
Spokesman Geoff Burgan characterized December as a month of momentum. Gillum hadn’t seen much momentum since before his campaign team was shaken up over lack-luster fundraising last summer.
According to a news release, the official Gillum for Governor campaign raised $88,220 in December, which is not dramatically different from the past few months. Its last six-figure month was last April. But his independent political committee Forward Florida is reporting having raised $167,770 in December, which would be its first truly significant month of fundraising since it raised a half-million over a two-month period in March and April.
“Team Gillum ended 2017 raising more than a quarter-million dollars and building on the grassroots momentum we’re seeing in the polls,” Burgan stated in the release. “Our supporters believe passionately in the Mayor’s vision and plans for making healthcare affordable and accessible to all, raising working people’s wages, and leveling the playing field for everyday Floridians, and they showed it in a big way last month. We’re kicking off the new year with energy and optimism.”
Earlier Thursday rival Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine of Miami Beach reported raising $1 million in December between his official campaign and his unofficial All About Florida political committee. That apparently included more than $500,000 Levine donated to his own campaign.
No reports have been made of foreshadowed yet by fellow Democratic candidates Gwen Graham of Tallahassee or Chris King of Winter Park, or by Republican candidate Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. Two other expected candidates, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, have not yet formally entered the race.