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Jennifer Sullivan nears $100K raised in HD 31 re-election bout

State Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, a Mount Dora Republican, added $13,550 in new contributions during the first half of September, putting her near the $100,000 mark in total fundraising.

Sullivan, first elected in 2014, faces Democratic challenger Debra Kaplan in her bid for a third term in Lake and Orange county-based House District 31.

Her Sept. 1 through Sept. 14 finance report showed 16 contributions, with a dozen measuring in at the campaign maximum of $1,000. Among the top donors were a political committee tied to the Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Retail Federation, two branches of hospital company HCA, Duke Energy, U.S. Sugar and telecom giant Comcast Corporation.

Spending measured in at a light $500, with that cash heading out in a single transaction for accounting fees through Venice-based Robinson, Hanks, Young and Roberts.

All told, Sullivan has raised $98,595 for her re-election bid and had $66,853 on hand on Sept. 14.

Kaplan, meanwhile, posted $4,058 in receipts for the two-week reporting period and collected a pair of max checks, including one from the Lake County Democrats. Her spending outstripped her contributions, however, with more than $5,000 heading.

The major items on the ledger this reporting cycle were a $3,800 payment to Clearchannel for billboards, with an additional $750 paid out to TFC Marketing for video production work.

Since entering the race in March 2017, Kaplan has raised a total of $18,761. She had about $5,500 left to spend on Sept. 14.

HD 31 covers northeast Lake County and northwest Orange County and has a strong Republican base. GOP voters make up 44 percent of the electorate compared to a 31 percent share for Democrats, who haven’t fielded a candidate since the seat was redrawn ahead of the 2012 elections.

Sullivan was elected to the seat without an Election Day challenger in 2014 after taking nearly 35 percent of the vote in a five-way Republican primary. Her only opposition in 2016 came from unaffiliated candidate Robert Rightmyer, whom she beat 73-27. The seat voted 59-36 for Donald Trump.

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Javier Enriquez stays near-even in HD 114 fundraising

Republican challenger Javier Enriquez remains close behind incumbent Democratic state Rep. Javier Fernandez in the contest for cash in House District 114.

Enriquez earned $13,550 in outside donations during Sept. 1-14, the latest period available for viewing on the Florida Division of Elections website.

The Republican Party of Florida threw $4,000 into the race.

They were aided by six conservative PACs, including future House Speaker Paul Renner‘s Florida Foundation of Liberty and state Rep. Travis Cummings‘ First Coast Conservatives, all of which pitched in another $1,000.

Several individuals also made donations ranging from $50 to $1,000. Enriquez also spent $3,148 during the same period.

Fernandez led Enriquez in fundraising, hauling in $19,290. That was thanks to a series of contributions from different unions such as the Teamsters and United Teachers of Dade. Fernandez also outspent Enriquez, burning through $7,647.

That leaves Fernandez with a lead of just over $3,000 in cash-on-hand, with $26,776 to Enriquez’ $23,605.

Fernandez is a newly-installed incumbent, winning the HD 114 seat in a special election back in May. He’ll attempt to earn his first full term when he and Enriquez face off on Nov. 6.

Matching money keeps flowing to DeSantis, Gillum

Gubernatorial candidates Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum continue to be the biggest recipients of the state’s matching-funds program, which sent out more than $320,000 to five statewide candidates on Friday.

Gillum, the Democratic candidate, got $233,765 and DeSantis, the Republican nominee, received $79,484, according to figures posted online by the state Division of Elections.

The program, which matches individual contributions of $250 or less, has now distributed $5.68 million to nine candidates for governor and Cabinet positions, including four candidates who lost in primary elections.

Gillum has received a total of $854,396 through the program, and DeSantis has pulled in $1.23 million.

In the race for attorney general, Democrat Sean Shaw got a check for $6,333 on Friday and has received $239,426 from the program. Republican Ashley Moody received $1,511 in matching funds on Friday and has received $382,446 from the state.

In the race for state chief financial officer, incumbent Republican Jimmy Patronis received a check for $455 on Friday. Patronis has received $309,760 through the program. Democratic CFO candidate Jeremy Ring has not taken part in the voluntary program.

The candidates remaining in the race for agriculture commissioner, Republican Matt Caldwell and Democrat Nikki Fried, have not tapped the program.

DeSantis and Gillum have also funneled millions of dollars to the state Democratic and Republican parties this month, according to their new reports.

The Gillum committee, known as Forward Florida, sent $2 million to the Florida Democratic Party in a transaction dated Sept. 12, while the committee Friends of Ron DeSantis contributed $2 million to the Republican Party of Florida on Sept. 13.

The Gillum committee reported collecting $1.77 million in contributions from Sept. 8 through Sept. 14, with $1 million of that amount coming from the Democratic Governors Association.

The DeSantis committee reported raising $2.6 million during the same period, with $1.5 million coming from Palm Beach County resident Laura Perlmutter, the reports show.

Carlos Smith picks up $10K in re-election bid against Ben Griffin

Democratic state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith raised $10,050 in the first two weeks of September keeping his campaign’s cash fund ahead of that of Republican challenger Ben Griffin who added $7,000 in early September in the Flordia House District 49 race.

Smith, of Orlando, has now raised $108,695 and spent $42,482 of that, according to the latest campaign finance reports through Sept. 14, posted last Friday with the Florida Division of Elections. That gives Smith $66,213 left in the bank.

Overall, Smith has taken in a couple dozen $1,000 and $500 checks from PACs, unions, law firms and businesses but also has collected more than 450 donations from individuals, most of them for less than $100. In the latest two-week reporting period, he picked up two $1,000 checks from PACs, with the rest of the money coming from 37 individual contributions, much of it from fundraising in Sarasota.

Griffin, of Orlando, posted a $7,000 reporting period and now has raised $62,270, with $49,605 left to spend in the battle for the HD 49 seat representing northeast Orange County.

Griffin’s campaign was boosted as soon as he entered the race in late June with a $5o,000 get-started check from the Republican Party of Florida. The money he raised in the Sept. 21 report came from $1,000 checks from six political action committees plus a Sunrise health care company. He has raised another $810 total raised through nine individuals’ donations, but only $10 of that in the latest two-week reporting period.

Michael Grieco more than triples Jonathan Parker’s money haul

Michael Grieco, the Democratic candidate in House District 113, has ground to make up in the cash-on-hand race. He’s well on his way to doing so if the latest fundraising reports are any indication.

The Republican nominee, Jonathan Parker, entered September with a large cash-on-hand lead over Grieco. However, that was due in large part to Parker going through the Republican primary uncontested.

Meanwhile, Grieco had to get through a three-way primary. He defeated Kubs Lalchandani and Deede Weithorn in that contest.

The most recent fundraising data from the Florida Division of Elections show Grieco earned $18,969 for Sept. 1-14 while spending just $4,341.

Parker was just barely in the black during that same time period. He raised $4,953 and spent $4,840.

Parker still holds a large cash-on-hand lead, besting Grieco $78,109 to $22,949. But that gap will shrink if Grieco continues to outpace Parker in future fundraising periods.

This isn’t Parker’s first run for the HD 113 seat. He was defeated easily in 2016 by current state Rep. David Richardson 65 percent-35 percent.

Richardson attempted a run for Congress but was defeated in the primary for Florida’s 27th Congressional District by Donna Shalala. He was unopposed in both 2014 and 2012.

Richardson’s past success should signal a strong advantage for the Democrat in this race, but Grieco lacks the advantage of incumbency and has some baggage to overcome. He was punished following finance and ethics violations during his previous time as a Miami Beach City Commissioner.

HD 103: Frank Mingo overcomes Cindy Polo in latest fundraising

Miami Lakes Vice Mayor Frank Mingo, the Republican candidate in House District 103, has shot far ahead in the fundraising contest against Democratic candidate Cindy Polo, according to the latest reports filed with the Florida Division of Elections.

Mingo earned a whopping $73,500 for Sept. 1-14.

In contrast, Polo pulled in just $3,030.

The Republican’s financial reports are littered with $1,000 donations from various conservative PACs, from state Rep. Halsey BeshearsFlorida Patriot Fund to future House Speaker Paul Renner‘s Conservatives for Principled Leadership.

That’s a trend among races across South Florida, which have recently seen those groups come to the aid of Republicans in competitive races.

Mingo also spent $13,308 during the recent fundraising him period, leaving him with a net of more than $60,000 for that time frame.

Most of Polo’s donations were in the form of individual contributions between $25 and $50. There were a pair of $1,000 donations thrown in as well. Polo spent less than $400 during the period, netting her just over $2,900.

Mingo’s campaign now also holds a large cash-on-hand lead thanks to the recent fundraising bonanza. He holds $98,884, while the Polo campaign retains just $5,520.

The race for HD 103 is open, as current state Rep. Manny Diaz is running for state Senate.

HD 103 extends into Miramar in Broward County and also covers parts of Miami Lakes and Doral in Miami-Dade County.

Tyler Sirois raises $5,100, Mike Blake $1,485 in HD 51 contest

Fresh off his hard-fought victory in the Aug. 28 Republican primary, Tyler Sirois raised $5,100 in the first two weeks of September for his quest to be elected to the open seat in Florida House District 51, extending his campaign cash advantage over Democratic former Cocoa Mayor Mike Blake.

Sirois’s campaign reported last week its latest fundraising pushed his total raised to $114,314. Though he spent most of that in the primary battle to defeat Cocoa Mayor Henry Parrish, Sirois enters the November election contest with $19,299 in the bank, which is more than Blake has been able to raise in the first 10 months of his campaign.

Blake collected $1,485 in his latest fundraising, which pushed his total raised to $9,700, plus $2,100 he lent his campaign. He heads forward with $7,960 in the bank, according to reports on file at the Florida Division of Elections.

Sirois, who is the executive director of the 18th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, and Blake, a teacher, are vying for the seat opening as Republican state Rep. Tom Goodson leaves due to term limits.

HD 51 covers much of north and central Brevard County.

Mike Caruso reduces cash-on-hand gap with Jim Bonfiglio

Mike Caruso, an accountant and Republican candidate in House District 89, put a small dent in a large cash-on-hand deficit between he and Democratic nominee Jim Bonfiglio.

That’s according to the latest fundraising data filed with the Florida Division of Elections.

Overall, Bonfiglio’s campaign remains far ahead of Caruso’s in terms of cash-on-hand, leading him $75,779 to $14,585.

But that gap was reduced despite Caruso spending more than he took in during the latest reporting period of Sept. 1 to 14. Caruso earned $13,600 in outside donations while spending $13,977.

Several outside conservative groups added $1,000 donations to Caruso’s campaign. They were joined by a few individual donors as well.

Bonfiglio, the current Mayor of Ocean Ridge, ran an even bigger deficit during the most recent period, spending $11,328 while bringing in just $2,130 in contributions. The law firm Silber & Davis put in $1,000. A pair of political committees added another $500 each.

Both candidates came out on top of contested primaries last month. Bonfiglio and Caruso are now competing to replace outgoing GOP state Rep. Bill Hager, who is term-limited.

The contest is expected to be close, with Hager, a Republican, showing some vulnerability in previous elections. If 2018 turns out to be a Democratic wave, that could be enough to push Bonfiglio into office.

HD 89 runs up the coast of Palm Beach County.

Bob Cortes

Florida GOP antes up for Bob Cortes’ re-election bid

Altamonte Springs Republican Rep. Bob Cortes posted his best campaign finance report of the 2018 cycle, increasing his already significant cash edge over Democratic challenger Joy Goff-Marcil.

The new report, which covers the first two weeks of September, shows $70,025 in receipts for the second-term lawmaker and nearly quadruples his heretofore record for a single fundraising report — $18,050 raised for the entire month of May.

Goff-Marcil, meanwhile, added $2,830 to her campaign account between Sept. 1 and Sept. 14. That sum represents a backslide from the $5,100 she raked in for the reporting period for the three days at the end of August following her victory in a three-way Democratic primary against Clark Anderson and Brandon Ramirez.

Her resounding primary win came in spite of national players such as George Soros making a strong, public push for Ramirez in the final days ahead of the election.

The bulk of Cortes’ new money was a $46,000 check from the Republican party of Florida, which has thrown tens of thousands of dollars into several Orlando-area state House seats, including a $50,000 check for Ben Griffin, an Orlando Republican who is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith in House District 49.

Cortes also reeled in a score of checks for the maximum campaign donation of $1,000, including contributions from telecom giant Comcast, Koch Industries, lobby firm The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners and lobbyist Ron Book.

Also sending in a max contribution was BusinessForce PC, an offshoot of the Orlando Chamber of Commerce that recently issued a bulk endorsement of a dozen state House candidates including Cortes.

Only $2,580 went out the door during the two-week stretch, leaving Cortes with nearly $205,000 left to spend out of the $236,800 he’s raised thus far. Goff-Marcil’s to-date fundraising total reached nearly $34,500 at the end of the reporting period, with around $10,850 banked.

HD 30 straddles the border of Seminole and Orange counties and includes the communities of Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Eatonville, Fern Park, Forest City, Goldenrod, Lockhart and Maitland. About two-thirds of HD 30 voters live on the Seminole side.

The district is home to slightly more Democratic voters than Republican ones, and it was one of only a handful of seats in 2016 to elect a Republican representative while voting in favor of Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket.

Rene Plasencia picks up $9K for HD 50 re-election bid

Republican state Rep. Rene Plasencia picked up $9,000 in the first reporting period since winning the Aug. 28 primary and extended his campaign cash advantage over Democratic challenger Pam Dirschka.

With the latest donations, all of it coming in large checks from political action committees and companies, Plasencia enters the Nov. 6 election contest having raised more than $208,000 and with $25,105 left in the bank after spending big in defeating George Collins in the Republican primary.

Plasencia, of Orlando, also reported cutting a $22,000 check to Millenium Consulting in preparation for the general election battle, an investment that will pay out over the next six weeks.

Dirschka, of Titusville, continued a slow pace of campaign financing, picking up just $541 in the two-week period ending Sept. 14, according to the latest reports filed with the Florida Division of Elections. She has raised $11,205 overall but has spent only $3,706 of that, so she heads into her showdown with Plasencia with $7,499 in the bank.

The district covers east Orange County and northwest Brevard County.

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