Lauren Book continues SD 33 winning streak, posting $68K in Oct. fundraising


By most accounts, Lauren Book’s October fundraising would be considered a home run, coming in at $68,000, even as it is down a bit from the blockbuster $350,000 posted in September.

According to newly released financial reports, Book – who is seeking the Senate District 33 seat — spent $7,186 in expenditures last month. Her performance leaves the first-time candidate with a robust $413,000 cash-on-hand.

Most big-name lobbyists and consultants donated the maximum during September while The Rubin Group and its CEO William Rubin each sent a check to the campaign last month.

Disney and the Peebles and Smith law firm were among the other prominent October donors.

The campaign spent about $4,800 on consulting, and another $2,176 for a campaign fundraiser at the Il Gabbiano Restaurant.

Book’s political committee, Leadership for Broward, also posted some slightly down-to-earth numbers compared to earlier months, posting a healthy $713,000 on-hand after bringing in $11,500 in October.

PAC took $5,000 of its October contributions from OD-EYEPAC, a political committee representing the Florida Optometric Association.

Book faces minimal competition for the seat. Currently, Democrat Emmanuel Blimie is the only other declared candidate, with an account showing only a $50 loan from September.

Drew Wilson

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.

One comment

  • Emmanuel Blimie

    November 14, 2015 at 6:45 am

    You have a choice folks! The only reason I entered the Florida State Senate District 33 race was to give you a choice instead of forcing one down your throat. I fought for you as a graduate fellow while at Nova SE U on Obama for America campaign. And on Charlie Crist campaign. I fought for the legalization of marijuana and for Obamacare. I influenced voters to vote for Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Bill Nelson. Join me! And together, Let’s Move Florida Forward! Let’s provide a second chance. Let’s expunge criminal records for those the court set free but are still held back by their past. Let’s harness the strengths of nonprofits and congregations to stir youth with high propensity for crime in the right direction even before they fall into trouble with the law. Let’s increase the minimum wage so folks can afford a decent paycheck. Let’s stand against “Open Carry and Guns in School” legislation because they threatened our law enforcers and educators. Join me, and cast a vote on August 30, 2016 for the cause you care so much about.
    Emmanuel Blimie for State Senate District 33

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