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Bill Carlson makes a splash in first finance report

It has been a month since Bill Carlson announced his bid for the District 4 seat on the Tampa City Council, and his first finance report puts him atop the three-person field.

Carlson, president of Tampa-based public relations firm Tucker Hall, raised $31,446 during his first 30 days in the race and ended the month with nearly $30,000 of that in the bank.

Notable names among the one dozen donors chipping in at the $1,000 level include District 3 City Councilwoman Yvonne Capin, as well as Tucker Hall founder Jeff Tucker and chair Tom Hall. In all, Carlson received 105 contributions averaging about $300 apiece.

Expenditures were light, which is not unexpected given the Council seat won’t be on the ballot until March 2019. Of the $1,527 in spending, $1,000 headed to Wendy Cartwright for a consulting contract and another $300 or so paid for printed materials and the balance covered credit card processing fees for Carlson’s contributions.

Carlson faces businessman Sal Guagliardo Jr. and workplace consultant David Loos in the District 4 race. The seat is open in 2019 because of current Councilman Harry Cohen’s decision to run for Tampa Mayor.

Guagliardo has been in the race since March and has raised just over $25,000, with $19,000 of that cash showing up in his inaugural report. He had $21,380 in the bank on June 30. Loos turned in his candidate paperwork on June 29 and didn’t report any contributions for the two days he was a candidate last month.

All seven council seats are up in 2019. District 6 Councilman Guido Maniscalco and District 7 Councilman Luis Viera are the only incumbents running for re-election.

If a candidate wins a majority of the vote for a municipal seat in the March 5 election, they will win the race outright. Otherwise, the top-two vote-getters will go head-to-head in an April 23 runoff election.

Jimmy Patronis cracks $4 million raised for CFO bid, says he’s not taking anything for granted

Another week, another milestone for CFO Jimmy Patronis fundraising operation.

The Panama City Republican tacked on another $220,000 in contributions for his campaign and Treasure Florida political committee in a week, pushing him past the $4 million mark in total fundraising. Those fundraising numbers — both the new ones and the overall tally — outshine Patronis’ top rival, former Margate Democratic Sen. Jeremy Ring, by leaps and bounds.

Ring, a former Yahoo! executive, raised just $3,029 for the June 30 through July 6 reporting period. Since entering the race in May 2017, he’s raised just over $1 million between his campaign and Florida Action Fund political committee.

His $440,000 on hand, which includes $150,000 in candidate loans, is dwarfed by Patronis’ $3.45 million war chest, and the incumbent’s campaign didn’t waste the opportunity to gloat, especially in the wake of what it sees as an unfair attack on Patronis for allegedly racist comments during a clemency hearing in June.

“While our opponent has been busy name-calling and attacking in an attempt to distract from us leaving him in the dust, the CFO has continued to circle the state each and every week, meeting with voters and working hard to raise more money,” campaign manager Paige Davis said in an email. “Team Jimmy is thrilled to celebrate today’s $4 million milestone, which gives us an impressive lead over our mudslinging opponent Jeremy Ring. We currently have EIGHT TIMES as much cash on hand compared to Ring!”

While Patronis is the best-capitalized Cabinet candidate — he’s outpacing seven-figure self-funders Frank White in the Attorney General race and Baxter Troutman in the Ag Commissioner contest — but Ring isn’t completely down and out.

The most recent poll of the statewide race showed Ring with a 5-point lead over Patronis among general election voters. A prior poll from the Florida Chamber of Commerce, which has endorsed Patronis, showed the incumbent with a near double-digit lead, however, and the Patronis campaign on Wednesday pointed to a variety of local Chamber straw polls that favored him by a 3-to-1 margin.

But for all the ribbing, the Patronis campaign isn’t taking the challenge lightly.

“In light of all the recent success, we know this will continue to be an uphill battle and take nothing for granted,” Davis wrote.

The general election is Nov. 6.

Kristen Carlson - CD 15

Kristen Carlson tops CD 15 field in Q2 fundraising while Ross Spano goes on spending spree

Florida’s 15th Congressional District is a safe Republican seat by nearly every metric, but that didn’t stop Lakeland Democrat Kristen Carlson from outraising the 10 other candidates vying to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross.

Carlson, a former prosecutor and former general counsel to the Florida Department of Citrus, raised just shy of $250,000 during the two months she was a candidate in the second quarter. According to her campaign, about $100,000 of that cash came in during her first two weeks in the race.

While her total includes $50,000 in candidate loans and about $25,000 in candidate contributions, her $174,158 in outside fundraising would still best the total haul of any of the five Republicans running for the seat — former Auburndale state Rep. Neil Combee, Sean Harper, Danny Kushmer, Ed Shoemaker and Dover state Rep. Ross Spano.

Carlson’s $56,000 in expenditures included a $17,580 direct mail campaign, $16,000 in payroll as well as the $10,440 qualifying fee. She finished Q2 with $192,731 in the bank, $84,500 ahead of Spano, the next-closest candidate.

Spano, who hails from the Hillsborough County portion of the tri-county district, brought in $112,068 in outside money and kicked in another $45,000 in loans for a grand total of $157,068.

The Dover Republican shelled out $50,500 during his first 10 weeks in the race, including $14,000 in email and digital marketing, $11,000 in consulting contracts, the qualifying fee, $6,405 in campaign signage and more than $1,200 in credit card processing fees.

But the spending didn’t stop there — Spano’s campaign also took on another $43,000 in debt from a half-dozen consulting shops. More than half that sum is owed to Brandon-based Momentum Strategy Group, which provided $24,685 worth of campaign management, printing, catering and advertising services, but consultants near and far have some invoices waiting for payment.

Dover-based LGM Consulting Group is owed $7,500 for email work; Texas-based Prevail Strategies is owed $4,700 for consulting work and travel expenses; Virginia-based KB Strategic Group is owed $2,000 for fundraising consulting; Tallahassee-based Strategic Government Consulting is owed $1,900 for survey work; Tallahassee-based Bulldog Strategy Group is owed $1,500 for communications consulting; and Plant City-based Fryed Egg Productions is owed $750 for media production.

In all, Spano’s spending spree left him with $108,275 banked and $88,025 in debt at the end of the quarter.

Combee, the first-in Republican, bested Spano in outside fundraising with $128,515 raised without whipping out his own checkbook, and all but two of his 114 contributions came from within the Sunshine State and only $2,500 of his total came from political committees.

Spending measured in at $44,000 and included the qualifying fee, $10,000 in payroll, $6,768 in signage, $2,540 in software and voter data, $2,350 in advertising and $1,000 for a campaign website. The Combee campaign took on a bit of debt, but nowhere near the level of Spano — Strategic Image Management is owed about $5,700 for consulting work and campaign shirts.

Combee, who hails from the Polk County portion of CD 15, finished Q2 with $86,163 in the bank and $5,683 in debt.

The only other candidate to crack six figures for the quarter was Valrico Democrat Andrew Learned, who filed for CD 15 well before Ross’ retirement announcement.

Learned, a U.S. Navy veteran and businessman, tacked on $100,622 in the second quarter for a to-date fundraising total of $223,618. His total includes $2,000 in candidate contributions and $4,000 from political committees, with the rest of his campaign cash coming in from individual donors.

His campaign also reported nearly $74,000 in expenses for the quarter, the most of any candidate in the race. That outflow included $18,500 for fundraising and campaign coordination, the qualifying fee, $5,325 in consulting work and $2,000 in web or social media work.

Learned finished the quarter with $65,400 in the bank and $2,000 in debt. The remaining candidates trailed considerably behind the top-4 fundraisers.

Harper, a Lakeland businessman, raised $82,541 and had $43,314 in the bank on June 30, including $15,500 in loans. Kushmer, a Brandon businessman, reported $75,837 in fundraising and had $54,039 banked, including $52,000 in loans, heading into July. Shoemaker, also a Lakeland mental health practitioner, brought in $17,387 of outside money and finished Q2 with $3,035 on hand.

Ray Pena, the third Democrat in the race, has not yet posted his second-quarter report. At the end of Q1 he was $7,500 in the hole.

CD 15 is split between Hillsborough and Polk counties, with about 10 percent of the district’s voters living in Lake County. The district, which voted plus-10 for Donald Trump two years ago, is rated “likely Republican” by Sabato’s Crystal Ball, the prediction newsletter from University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato.

The primary election is Aug. 28. The general election is Nov. 6.

Rob Panepinto’s fundraising cools, Jerry Demings does not in Orange County mayor’s race

Orange County mayoral candidate Rob Panepinto‘s campaign fundraising softened during the two-week period ending July 6 while his chief opponent Jerry Demings continued on a fairly robust chase for cash as they and Pete Clarke head into the final few weeks of the summer campaign.

Panepinto, a Winter Park entrepreneur whose campaign account surged early with a strong start last fall and with a steady flow of supporters’ money well into the spring, raised only $8,508 for his official campaign and nothing in his independent committee, Vision Orange County.

Demings, the Orange County sheriff who has been steadily outpacing Panepinto in fundraising since mid-winter, attracted $31,375 into his official campaign and another $4,500 into his independent political committee, Orange County Citizens for Smart Growth.

As a result, as of July 6, Demings had raised $1,169,000 overall and still had more than $1 million left to spend, with a three-way election set for August 28, and a possible runoff set for Nov. 6, if no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote in August. Panepinto had raised a total of $680,351 in his two accounts, and had $315,000 left.

The third candidate, Orange County Commissioner Clarke, has never expected to keep pace with Demings and Panepinto in raising money. But he has maintained his ground game and popularity would make up much of the difference. Clarke raised just $1,375 in the two-week reporting period. He’s now collected about $303,000 overall, including $200,000 of his own money that he lent to his campaign. Clarke has not been spending on the pace of Demings or Panepinto, and so he finished the period with $238,000 left to spend.

Mario Diaz-Balart brings in over $500K in contributions

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart closed out his second quarter of fundraising by taking in just over $507,000, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

In total, the Republican’s campaign maintains more than $1.6 million still on hand. That’s more than quadruple the amount reported by his Democratic opponent, Mary Barzee Flores, who has just under $400,000 on hand.

Expect that gap to close, however, as Barzee Flores’ totals have not yet been updated with her second quarter fundraising numbers.

Barzee Flores is the only candidate in either party who filed to run against Diaz-Balart in Florida’s 25th Congressional District.

She had previously elected to run in Florida’s 27th Congressional District to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen but swapped out of that crowded Democratic field to ensure Diaz-Balart faces opposition in November.

It will be a tough race to win for the Democrats, as Diaz-Balart has coasted through his last several elections. Evaluators rate the race as “likely Republican.”

Barzee Flores has sought to make an appeal to the Democratic base in hopes she can win with an unexpectedly strong turnout, even going so far as to call for Donald Trump’s impeachment.

Thus far, however, Diaz-Balart retains a sizable money lead and holds the advantage of incumbency. The two will face off in the general election Nov. 6.

Stephanie Murphy raises $551K in second quarter for CD 7 race

During the second quarter of 2018, Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy raised $551,733 toward her re-election in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.

That is more than all of her four competitors combined, her campaign is reporting Monday.

The haul, minus nearly $200,000 her campaign spent during the April-June period, gave Murphy $1.6 million left in the bank at the end of June, more than twice as much as all her challengers combined, according to the latest reports available from the Federal Election Commission, summarized by her campaign.

So far in this election, Murphy, of Winter Park, has raised more than $2.3 million for her re-election.

CD 7 covers Seminole County and north and central Orange County, including downtown Orlando.

During the same period, Republican state Rep. Mike Miller of Winter Park brought in $214,356, including $100,000 that he lent his campaign, according to FEC figures summarized by Murphy’s campaign. That pushes Miller’s total raised to $416,000 from contributors plus another $125,000 in self-loans. In the second quarter, Miller spent $105,000, leaving him with $379,000 in the bank.

Republican challenger Scott Sturgill, a Sanford businessman, raised $125,495 in contributions during the quarter, and spent $154,000, Murphy’s campaign noted. Including $150,000 he lent to his campaign earlier, Sturgill now has raised $645,000 for his campaign and entered July with $337,000 cash in hand.

Republican challenger Vennia Francois of Orlando raised $13,585 and spent $14,000 during the second quarter of 2018. To date, her campaign raised $29,000, with just over $2,600 left when July started.

Murphy’s Democratic primary challenger Chardo Richardson collected $8,861 and spent more than $14,000 in April, May, and June. To date, his campaign brought in $34,000 and ended June with about $3,000 left.

“Our campaign is humbled by the outpouring of enthusiasm and support for Stephanie Murphy from people who know they are investing in a tireless advocate for central Florida families,” Murphy campaign manager Christie Stephenson stated in a news release. “As someone who has consistently put people over politics, Stephanie is rated as one of the most bipartisan, effective leaders in Congress and will continue to fight every day for jobs, security, and equality.”

Gus Bilirakis posts strong Q2 fundraising report

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis brought in more than $350,000 during the second quarter of 2018, boasting more than 90 percent of that money came from Florida sources.

“I am thrilled to receive such strong support from the people here at home,” said the New Port Richey Republican. “I believe it shows that they appreciate how hard I am working to fight for the issues they care most about.”

Bilirakis will likely face Democrat Chris Hunter in the general election for Florida’s 12th Congressional District. In recent days, Hunter has boasted about endorsements from leaders like Safety Harbor Commissioner Nancy Besore. Nevertheless, he has not yet announced second-quarter fundraising totals.

As of the end of the first quarter, Hunter lagged behind the incumbent in cash on hand. Bilirakis then boasted upward of $492,000; Hunter had about $195,000.

In announcing his fundraising success, Bilirakis touted his support for the recent federal tax cut package and stressed his support for Social Security and other issues important to seniors.

“Whether it is working to improve the care our Veterans receive, protect our national security, increase resources to keep our children safe at school, lower the tax burden on the middle class, preserve and enhance Medicare and Social Security for our seniors, or ease congestion on our roads,” Bilirakis said, “my team and I work tirelessly on the issues that make a real difference in our neighbors’ lives.

“I look forward to spending the coming months continuing to earn the confidence of those I serve.”

The incumbent also expressed confidence in support from voters: “I’ve always believed that, if I do a good job representing my constituents, coming home every chance I get to connect with them and work with them, the voters will continue to honor me with their support. It feels good to see that my efforts are appreciated.”

Bilirakis was first elected to Congress in 2006, succeeding his father Michael Bilirakis, who had represented the area since 1982.

Stephen Sevigny

Stephen Sevigny adds $350K, union endorsement in CD 6

Ormond Beach Democrat Stephen Sevigny said this week that his campaign for Florida’s 6th Congressional District reeled in another $350,000 during the second quarter.

Sevigny’s haul bests his first-quarter fundraising numbers by $100,000 and brings him to around $600,000 in total fundraising since he entered the race in midway through Q1.

The campaign didn’t say whether the Q2 report includes any candidate contributions — the Q1 report was bolstered by $50,000 in loans from Sevigny — but it did say that it had more than $350,000 banked at the end of June. That indicates campaign spending measured in at around $225,000 between April 1 and June 30.

Sevigny, a physician, took to twitter to celebrate the fundraising success as well as a recent endorsement his campaign picked up from a local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

IBEW 756 said its membership voted to endorse Sevigny for the First Coast congressional seat after hearing from all three Democratic contenders — Sevigny, former U.S. Ambassador Nancy Soderberg and John Upchurch — at the labor union’s monthly meeting.

“Steve earned our support with his passion for healthcare, education, and our community. Working families need a friend in Congress they can rely on to put people before profits, and Steve Sevigny is that person,” said Dan Hunt, IBEW 756’s business manager.

Sevigny’s fundraising puts him firmly in the No. 2 spot, fundraising wise, in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Soderberg, who has been in the race since July 2017, announced this week that she had nearly $1 million in the bank at the end of the second quarter. Her campaign has raised close to $1.5 million so far. Upchurch had raised about $258,000, including $40,000 in candidate loans, at the end of June. He has about $172,000 on hand.

CD 6 is a Republican-leaning seat, though the odds of it flipping went up significantly after current U.S Rep. Ron DeSantis announced he would seek the Republican nomination for Governor rather than run for re-election.

Three Republicans are vying to succeed DeSantis: Former state Rep. Fred Costello, Fox News personality Michael Waltz and businessman John Ward.

Waltz broke the $1 million mark with his Q2 report. He’s put $400,000 of his money down so far, and has about $617,000 in the bank. Costello tacked on $43,000 in contributions and $100,000 in loans in his Q2 report, which showed him with $51,000 banked on June 30.

The only report still outstanding is Ward’s. Ward, who has the capacity and willingness to self-fund, had raised over $900,000 with over $700,000 on hand, back at the end of March. His total includes $555,000 in candidate loans.

CD 6 covers a stretch of Florida’s east coast, including southern St. Johns County, northeastern Lake County and the whole of Flagler and Volusia counties.

Greg Steube - CD 17 Campaign Photo

Greg Steube swamps Julio Gonzalez in CD 17 fundraising

Sarasota state Sen. Greg Steube said Friday that he brought in more than $337,000 for his congressional campaign last quarter — half again more than his Republican primary rival, Venice state Rep. Julio Gonzalez.

Steube touted his second round of fundraising numbers in the race for Florida’s 17th Congressional District while throwing some shade at Gonzalez, whom he labeled as a “Never Trump” Republican earlier this week for negative tweets he made about then-candidate Donald Trump in March 2016.

“The events of this week reveal the yearning Floridians have for sending conservatives to Washington that don’t just talk the talk, but walk the walk,” Steube said. “Our strong fundraising numbers and growing list of conservative endorsements have given our campaign enormous momentum as we approach the August 28 primary election. I look forward to continue sharing our conservative vision with the voters.”

Those endorsements include a nod from the National Rifle Association rolled out by the Steube campaign Thursday, as well as endorsement from Florida Right to Life that the campaign bundled in with the fundraising announcement. Steube said the conservative group, which opposes abortion in all circumstances, gave him an “A Rating.”

Steube has now raised more than $400,000 in hard money, but another deluge of funds rolled in shortly after the campaign made its fundraising announcement.

Outside groups Liberty and Leadership Fund and Club for Growth PAC announced Friday that they were lining up behind Steube with $627,000 already in the bank to back his primary bid — and more than $400,000 of that cash has already been anted up for a broadcast, cable and satellite TV buy ahead of the Aug. 28 primary election.

“Greg Steube is a trusted conservative who has been a consistent fighter for freedom throughout his time in the Florida legislature,” said Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh. “We can count on Steube to support President Trump’s pro-growth agenda.”

Gonzalez, for his part, has brought in about $458,000 for his campaign, including at least $150,000 in candidate loans.

He and Steube are running alongside lesser-known Republican Greg Akins in the Republican primary for CD 17, which is open this year due to the U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney deciding to forego re-election.

CD 17 is a safe Republican seat that sprawls across parts of Sarasota, Lee and Polk counties as well as the whole of Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands and Okeechobee counties. Rooney has held the seat since it was redrawn ahead of the 2012 elections.

In 2016, Rooney won re-election over his Democratic challenger 62-34 percent while Trump carried the district by nearly the same margin.

Janet Cruz and Dana Young, SD 18

Dana Young expands cash lead over Janet Cruz

New fundraising reports show Tampa Republican Sen. Dana Young continued to pile on to her fundraising lead over House Minority Janet Cruz during the last week of June and the first week of July.

Young’s campaign said it brought in $22,900 in hard money between June 23 and July 6 but did not say how much it had on hand at the end of the reporting period.

Finance reports for her political committee, Friends of Dana Young, show another $79,000 raised during the same stretch for a total haul of $101,900. The committee had $1.05 million in the bank on July 6.

Cruz, meanwhile, added $11,145 in hard money and tacked on another $5,000 for her political committee, Building The Bay PC. She has now raised more than $433,000 since entering the race in mid-April. She had $400,472 on hand between the two accounts at the end of the reporting period.

The Cruz campaign also Friday that her campaign bid had picked up an endorsement from EMILY’s List, the progressive organization that supports women candidates for office. Cruz was one of a dozen candidates included in a bulk approval from the group.

Cruz and Young are the only candidates vying for Senate District 18, which covers part of western Hillsborough County.

SD 18 is the only district Florida Democrats are targeting for a flip that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and a recent poll shows the two Tampanians are neck-and-neck.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

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