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October fundraising puts GOP HD 11 candidates ahead of the pack

October campaign finance reports put Republican candidates Donnie Horner and Sheri Treadwell firmly ahead of the competition in the six-way primary battle for House District 11.

Treadwell raised the most money last month, with $10,290 in contributions and only $50 in expenditures. Heading into November, the former Duval County Supervisor of Elections employee had just under $57,000 cash on-hand.

Noteworthy donors include Disney, which gave three checks through its subsidiaries, lobbying firm GrayRobinson and Jacksonville area real estate executive Chet Skinner.

Horner didn’t raise as much, though his $6,825 haul and $1,800 in expenditures last month left him with just over $73,500 in his campaign account.

His report includes a $1,000 checks from Fiorentino Group head Marty Fiorentino and Regency Centers CEO Martin “Hap” Stein. The bulk of his expenditures came from a $1,350 transaction with Web Elect.

The other four candidates in the race are starting to lose ground.

Cord Byrd, the only other candidate that’s passed the $25,000 mark, brought in just over $2,000 in October, though he spent more than he raised, closing out the month with $21,500 on-hand. Most of that money went to The Whitson Group for consulting services.

Barry Holloway and Tom Taylor, both of whom had strong September numbers, also had trouble keeping up the pace. Holloway heads into November with $18,200 on hand, including $10,000 in loans, while Taylor, who filed for the seat in March, has about $13,000 on-hand.

The sixth candidate, Jack Daniels, loaned his campaign $250 in October and spent it all on printing. With just $15 on hand he’d have trouble snagging a bottle of George Dickel, let alone one with his name on the label.

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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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