Philip Levine match helps boost his campaign by another $1 million in March - Florida Politics

Philip Levine match helps boost his campaign by another $1 million in March

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine‘s campaign and political committee took in just over $1 million in March, including about $535,000 from contributors and $470,000 he put in himself as a match, his campaign announced Thursday.

The million-dollar month keeps the Levine campaign pacing ahead of other Democrats who don’t have the luxury of self-funding their campaigns, as former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham’s campaign announced it collected about $600,000 in March, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s reported $336,000. The campaign of the fourth major Democrat, Chris King, has not yet announced March fundraising numbers.

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There also has been no word yet on the March campaign finance activity of the two leading Republicans, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

The seven-figure month for Levine, the former Miami Beach mayor, also feeds a hungry campaign that had spent more than $4 million on television advertising this winter while the other candidates have bided time.

There was no word on how much the campaign and the political committee had left in the bank at the end of March. Official reports for March have not yet been posted by the Florida Division of Elections.

In March Levine’s official campaign took in $235,000 from contributors and Levine added $470,000 from his own pocket. His independent political committee All About Florida drew about $300,000 in donations.

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“This month, our campaign’s momentum continues to build, now leading our competitors in both polling and fundraising, because Floridians are ready for a new, exciting progressive vision for our future,” Christian Ulvert, senior advisor to the campaign, stated in a news release. “As Mayor Levine tours the state of Florida, meeting directly with voters in every county, our campaign is raising the resources necessary to take his message for Florida’s future on airwaves, on the ground, and to the living rooms of Florida’s families.”

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.
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