Jason Pizzo adds another $50K in loans for SD 38 bid - Florida Politics

Jason Pizzo adds another $50K in loans for SD 38 bid

Jason Pizzo

Democrat Jason Pizzo boosted his primary campaign against Sen. Daphne Campbell with another $50,000 in loans last month, bringing his total funding well past the $100,000 mark.

Pizzo has been filed for Senate District 38 since late 2016, but began campaigning in earnest at the beginning of the year. He was the second-place finisher in the six-way Democratic Primary race for the seat in 2016.

The loans made up the bulk of the Miami attorney’s March report, which also saw him add $16,510 in outside money and chip in another $10,605 via “in-kind” support for fundraisers and office supplies.

Outside of his own money, Pizzo brought in a half-dozen checks for $1,000, the maximum contribution for a state Senate campaign.

Those donations came in from Miami realtor Evan Rundle, Red Bank, New Jersey attorney John Giunco, Fort Worth consultant Gianfranco Di Cicco, and St. George Apartments and its managers, Joyce and Argy Maniatopoulos.

Expenditures came in at nearly $30,000, including nearly $9,500 in payments to Stephanie Bromfield & Associates, $8,400 to MDW Communications for campaign consulting and web development and $5,000 to Edge Communications for consulting.

In all, Pizzo has raised $66,679 for his campaign and chipped in $75,000 of his own money. He had $93,240 in the bank heading into April.

Campbell took a step backward in March, with only two fundraising transactions on her report: A $500 check from Carl Nicoleau and an $850 refund to Julio Alfonso.

The negative fundraising was compounded by $1,680 in spending, including a $655 payment to LeRoseau Printing for web development and $375 to Walter Haas for graphic design work.

Since filing for re-election, Campbell has raised $77,434. She had $36,244 banked at the end of March.

Pizzo and Campbell are the only two candidates currently running for Senate District 38, a Democratic stronghold covering a small piece of northeastern Miami-Dade.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.
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