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Nancy Soderberg nears $1M on hand for CD 6 campaign

Democrat and former U.S. Ambassador Nancy Soderberg announced Friday that she’d raised another $540,000 for her campaign to flip the Florida’s 6th Congressional District, currently held by exiting U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

“We’re seeing incredible support and energy for our campaign to bring real leadership to Central Florida. We’ve continued to build on our broad base of supporters, and day-by-day, people are joining our movement,” Soderberg said.

“Time and again, I hear Florida families in this district voice their concerns about being forgotten and ignored. They want a real leader who will stand up to the special interests in Washington and get results. I’m proud to have their support to bring and be the change that this district needs.”

The $540,000 Q2 performance is her best yet and makes for nearly $1.5 million in total fundraising since she entered the race in July 2017. The campaign finance report is not yet viewable on the Federal Elections Commission website, though the campaign said it finished the quarter with “nearly” $1 million cash on hand.

The campaign had $595,360 on hand at the end of the first quarter.

The fundraising announcement also touted some of Soderberg’s major endorsements, including those of AFSCME Florida and former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as her addition to the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” list back in March.

Soderberg faces Stephen Sevigny and John Upchurch in the Democratic primary for CD 6, which covers a stretch of Florida’s east coast from southern Jacksonville to New Smyrna Beach.

Sevigny has not yet announced his Q2 numbers, though he posted $250,000, including $50,000 in loans, during the first quarter. He was only a candidate for the final six weeks of that reporting period. Upchurch raised $68,865 in Q2 for a to-date total of $257,728, including $40,000 in loans. He has $171,875 on hand.

Running on the Republican side are former state Rep. Fred Costello, Fox News personality Michael Waltz and businessman John Ward. None of the three have filed announced their Q2 totals, though Waltz and Ward have relied on self-funding to keep pace with Soderberg, who was the fundraising leader at the end of Q1.

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

Bill Nelson raises less than half of Rick Scott’s totals in second quarter

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is out with new fundraising numbers in his campaign to hold off a tough challenge by Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Those numbers show just how tough it will be, with Nelson trailing Scott big-time in the money race.

Nelson’s campaign says he raised $4.4 million in the second quarter of 2018, leaving him with $13.7 million on hand.

That’s less than half of what Scott pulled in during the same time period, after his campaign touted a “historic” total of $10.7 million raised.

While money isn’t everything in a campaign, those numbers may put a scare into some Democrats, who see Florida as a vital battleground for control of the U.S. Senate.

Despite the lagging totals, the Nelson campaign found some bright spots in the numbers, noting more than 18,000 people contributed to the campaign for the first time. That compares with 11,000 who contributed to Scott’s campaign, according to Scott’s own numbers.

“Across Florida people are energized – knocking on doors, making phone calls and contributing to support this campaign because they know Bill Nelson has and always will put Florida first,” campaign manager Marley Wilkes said.

“This record breaking quarter with nearly 20,000 new supporters proves Floridians know Bill Nelson fights for them every day to protect Medicare and Social Security and keep protections for those with preexisting conditions to ensure they have access to health care and working to protect Florida’s environment.”

According to a release from the Nelson campaign, “Of the more than 90,000 people who have contributed to Nelson’s campaign, over 60,000 are grassroots supporters who have contributed $50 or less, with an average campaign contribution of $68 in the second quarter.”

Whatever the candidates’ fundraising position implies, polling shows the race remains tight.

Surveys have been conflicted as to which candidate leads the race. RealClearPolitics currently shows Scott ahead by two points after aggregating available data.

Charlie Crist raised $386K, sent $200K to DCCC in Q2

Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist announced Thursday that he’d brought in another big haul for his re-election campaign in Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

The former Governor will report raising $386,000 during the second quarter of 2018, bringing his overall fundraising for the 2018 cycle past the $3 million mark.

“It’s my privilege to serve and work hard to earn the support of the people of Pinellas County,” Crist said. “This election cycle is critical — every seat, call, donation, and volunteer will help us keep families together, lower healthcare costs, and keep our schools safe.”

The first term congressman said his campaign account also cut a $200,000 check to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last quarter. The committee is the fundraising arm supporting the Democratic Party’s goal of flipping the U.S. House.

Crist faces Republican George Buck, who has not yet announced his second-quarter tally. At the end of the first quarter, he had raised $13,100 and had just shy of $12,000 on hand. No other candidates are running for CD 13, which covers most of Pinellas County, save for its northernmost reaches.

Even if Buck gains some traction in fundraising, it’s lean shifted toward Democrats after it was redrawn by Florida courts ahead of the 2016 elections when Crist defeated incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly by about four percentage points. The district also voted plus-3 for Hillary Clinton.

University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato‘s Crystal Ball rates the district as “likely Democratic” in the fall.

Tom Leek cracks $200K raised for HD 25 re-election

State Rep. Tom Leek hit another milestone with his new campaign finance report.

The Ormond Beach Republican, currently in his first term representing House District 25, brought in nearly $47,000 in hard money between June 23 and July 6. That makes for more than $200,000 in total fundraising for his re-election bid thus far.

“I am very proud to have the support of our local communities, and the enormous showing of support our campaign received this year. Having a united local community stepping up like it has means the world to Michelle and me,” Leek said in a press release.

“Elections are won on the ground in your community. The local voters – the people I see at the beach, the restaurants, community meetings – they understand that I go to work every day for them, and that I’m accountable to them, and them only. I am humbled by the support of Volusia County residents.”

The new report shows 80 contributions, including 34 for checks for $1,000, the maximum allowable campaign contribution for state legislative races. Additionally, more than 60 percent of the money raised over the two-week stretch came in from businesses and individuals within Volusia County while less than 30 percent of the campaign cash came from Tallahassee.

The fundraising announcement is another bullet point in what has been a good week for the Leek campaign. On Monday, the lawmaker picked up an endorsement from the Florida Realtors and earlier Thursday he was one of several lawmakers to pick up an endorsement from the Associated Industries of Florida.

Leek faces Democrat Katie Tripp and Libertarian Joe Hannoush in the general election, neither of whom have made much headway in fundraising. As of July 6, Tripp had raised about $14,500 for her campaign and had $6,775 on hand while Hannoush had raised about $2,500 and had about $1,000 in the bank.

Fundraising isn’t the only thing tilting toward Leek — HD 25 has a hefty Republican advantage. Leek was elected to the House in 2016 with 62 percent of the vote compared to 38 percent for Democratic nominee Noel Cheryl Bickford. The seat also voted plus-21 for Donald Trump two years ago.

Jeff Brandes

Jeff Brandes piles on cash as Florida Democrats scramble to replace Carrie Pilon

St. Petersburg Republican state Sen. Jeff Brandes doesn’t know who he’ll be up against come Election Day, but that hasn’t stopped donors from pouring beaucoup bucks into his political committee.

A newly filed campaign finance report for Liberty Florida shows the Senate District 24 incumbent reeled in a six-figure haul from a crop of well-known donors in the last week of June.

Naples Republican Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, a candidate for Senate President in 2022, chipped in $15,000 via her Working Together For Florida political committee and Miami-based air cargo company Florida Cargo Fresh matched her while U.S. Sugar and AIF-affiliated Floridians for a Stronger Democracy each showed up at the $10,000 level.

AT&T, Allstate and GEICO also made the donor sheet with smaller contributions.

In all, Liberty Florida cashed 17 checks worth a combined $103,500 during the week and now has more than $350,000 in the bank. Brandes’ campaign account is even more flush with cash — he had $467,250 in hard money three-quarters of the way through June.

The committee cash came a week before one-time challenger Carrie Pilon’s announcement that she would abdicate her spot on the ballot due to serious and unexpected health problems of a close family member.

SD 24 has a slight Republican lean. It voted for Barack Obama twice before going plus-7 for Donald Trump two years ago, and 2018 polling has consistently shown it was possible for a Democratic candidate to flip it — a recent survey conducted by St. Pete Polls put Pilon within five points of Brandes.

With Pilon’s exit, however, the Florida Democratic Party must now recruit another nominee to pick up the baton for the last four months of the 2018 cycle — a tough task only made tougher by Brandes’ prolific fundraising.

Berny Jacques cracks $200K raised for HD 66 campaign

Seminole Republican Berny Jacques notched another fundraising milestone in his bid to succeed term-limited Rep. Larry Ahern in Pinellas County’s House District 66.

New fundraising reports show Jacques has raised more than $200,000 for his 2018 effort, including $121,565 in hard money and another $81,100 for his affiliated political committee, Protect Pinellas. He has $139,600 in the bank.

“This is how campaigns are won, plain and simple. Our team of dedicated volunteers and I have been out talking to voters and knocking on doors for over a year, and our message of principled conservatism is resonating with the voters of Pinellas,” Jacques said. “Our campaign is proud to have reached this meaningful fundraising milestone as we head into the fourth quarter of this campaign. We’re looking forward to the weeks ahead!”

Jacques is one of three candidates running for House District 66, which includes part of Clearwater, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores.

He faces small businessman and Pinellas GOP Chair Nick DiCeglie in the Republican primary, while school teacher Alex Heeren has already locked up the Democratic nomination.

DiCeglie has raised $121,656 for his campaign since entering the race in September and has $80,407 banked. Heeren has raised $25,294 since he filed in January and he has $8,524 on hand.

Ahern’s successor is likely to be the winner of the Republican primary due to the district’s strong Republican advantage. To that end, Jacques and DiCeglie have been dueled on the endorsement front throughout much of their competition.

Jacques most recently landed a nod from the Seminole Professional Firefighters, with past endorsements including etired Air Force Col. EJ Otero Seminole City Councilmember Roger Edelman, former Pinellas County School Board Member Glen Gilzean and Largo Commissioner and former police chief John Carroll, among others.

DiCeglie most recently landed the endorsement of the Florida Realtors, with his roster of backers including the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association, Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers, Pinellas County Clerk Ken Burke, Largo Mayor Woody Brown, Largo Commissioner Curtis Holmes and three Indian Rocks Beach commissioners.

For his part, Heeren landed a trio of endorsements Monday from Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice and Pinellas County School Board Members Rene Flowers and Linda Lerner. They a few other local politicians in backing the Democratic option.

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

Dana Young

Police union backs Dana Young for re-election

Tampa Republican Sen. Dana Young announced Tuesday that she’d locked up the support of the Florida State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police in her campaign for a second term in Senate District 18.

“We believe in Senator Young and have voted her the 2018 Senator of The Year, there is no doubt that she will continue to serve her community and her constituents fairly, with a focus on safety and prosperity,” said FOP President Bobby Jenkins.

“The Fraternal Order of Police have worked hand and hand with Senator Young and have given her our continued faith in her dedication to her community and to the men and women of law enforcement.”

The Florida FOP joins the Florida Police Benevolent Association and the Tampa, West Central Florida and Suncoast chapters of the PBA to become the fifth police union to announce its support for Young, who is being challenged by House Minority Leader Janet Cruz in the fall.

“I sincerely thank the FOP for their endorsement and am grateful for their support of my campaign,” Young said. “Every day, our law enforcement puts their lives on the line to ensure Floridians remain safe – my appreciation for the work they do cannot be put into words.”

“As an advocate for our law enforcement, I have fought to protect our men and women in blue, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to advocate for our Tampa and Florida law enforcement community,” said Senator Young.

SD 18 is a top target for Florida Democrats in 2018. It is the only Senate district on FDP’s priority list that voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and Cruz is by far the best-known recruit the party has pulled to challenge a sitting Republican senator.

Recent polls of the race show the two lawmakers in a tight race, with a slight advantage for Cruz.

Where Young holds an unquestionable edge is the money race. As of June 22, the Tampa Republican had $309,000 banked for her campaign account. She also tacked on another $77,000 in the last week of June for her political committee, Friends of Dana Young, which now has $1.05 million on hand.

Cruz, meanwhile, has about $139,231 in hard money and another $256,583 in her political committee, Building the Bay PC, for an on-hand total of nearly $396,000.

They are the only two candidates in the race. The general election is Nov. 6.

Lauren Baer tops $1M banked for CD 18 campaign, Brian Mast nears $2M

Democratic candidate Lauren Baer has cleared seven figures in the bank for her campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast in Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

Baer’s campaign said it will report more than $500,000 raised in its second-quarter campaign finance report and show more than $1 million in the bank, an increase of $300,000 over her reserves at the end of the first quarter.

The performance also bests her $450,000 report for Q1 and makes for more than $1.5 million in campaign funds raised to-date.

“I’m in awe of the outpouring of support we have received since launching our campaign in September,” Baer said. “Thank you to everyone who has donated, knocked on doors, made phone calls, and registered voters. This campaign will always be about you and your interests, not special interests, and together we will be victorious in November.”

The former senior official in the Obama administration added that the new cash was raised without taking a dime from corporate PACs. She pledged to decline such contributions in February.

Baer faces former Navy JAG Pam Keith in the Aug. 28 Democratic primary for CD 18, which covers all of St. Lucie and Martin counties as well as northeastern Palm Beach County, including Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and part of West Palm Beach.

Keith has not yet announced her second-quarter fundraising numbers, though she had raised $358,500 through the end of March with $50,000 in the bank.

Mast, who is only nominally opposed in the Republican primary, also announced Tuesday that he’d hit a high watermark in the second-quarter with more than $1 million raised.

“Congressman Mast’s laser-like focus on the issues that matter most to our community — water quality, protecting Medicare, lower taxes and supporting veterans — are driving incredibly strong grassroots support. While other candidates have been forced to choose hyper-partisanship in pursuit of Nancy Pelosi’s support, Congressman Mast’s independence and leadership continue to deliver results for our community,” said campaign spokesman Brad Stewart.

The announcement indicated Mast had nearly $2 million in the bank at the end of June, a major increase from his $1.5 million on-hand tally at the end of the first quarter.

CD 18 is a top target for a “blue-wave” flip in the fall, with only CD 26 and CD 27 outranking it on Florida Democrat’s priority list.

Though the district voted plus-9 for Donald Trump in 2016, it was held by former Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy for two terms before he gave it up to run for U.S. Senate last cycle. University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato‘s “Crystal Ball” currently lists CD 18 as “likely Republican” in the fall.

Richard Corcoran committee reports more than $1.4M in bank

A political committee tied to House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican, spent nearly $200,000 in June — but still had more than $1.4 million in the bank, according to a newly filed finance report.

Corcoran raised $6.9 million for the committee, known as Watchdog PAC, in 2017 and early 2018 as he considered a possible run for governor. But Corcoran announced this spring that he would not run for governor and stopped raising money for the committee.

From June 1 through June 29, the committee spent $196,540, according to the report, with the largest single expenditure a $50,000 contribution to the Republican Party of Florida. The committee also paid tens of thousands of dollars to consultants.

As of June 29, the committee had about $1.44 million on hand.

Julio Gonzalez raises $225K for congressional bid

State Rep. Julio Gonzalez brought in another $225,000 last quarter for his campaign to succeed U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney in Florida’s 17th Congressional District.

“I am proud to have the support of so many Floridians,” Gonzalez said.  “We’ve built support throughout the district and earned the endorsements of conservative leaders who care about sending effective conservative leaders to Washington.”

The Venice Republican didn’t indicate whether the $225,000 raised includes any candidate loans.

During the first quarter of 2018 he lent the campaign $150,000, which accounted for the bulk of his $233,700 report. He had $229,900 on hand at the end of March.

Gonzalez faces Sarasota Sen. Greg Steube and Greg Akins in the Republican primary, neither of whom have announced their second quarter fundraising numbers.

At the end of the first quarter, Steube had raised $63,550 for his campaign during including $15,000 in loans. Akins, who filed in October, has raised $10,850 including $2,700 in loans.

Steube filed for CD 17 shortly after Rooney announced in late February that he would not run for re-election in 2018. Gonzalez followed shortly after the 2018 Legislative Session wrapped, making for two sitting state lawmakers in the race.

Also running for the seat are Democrats April Freeman and Bill Pollard, though they face long odds in the general election — CD 17 is rated “safe Republican” by Sabato’s Crystal Ball, the prediction newsletter from University of Virginia political science professor Larry Sabato. The district also voted plus-27 for Donald Trump two years ago.

CD 17 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.

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