Matt Hudson, Kathleen Passidomo raise big for SD 23 in November, opponent fizzles

Matt Hudson

Republican Reps. Matt Hudson and Kathleen Passidomo brought in five-figure hauls for their SD23 campaigns last month, while businessman Gary Price fizzled after months of strong fundraising.

Hudson’s numbers are his best since February, and bring his to-date contribution total to more than $341,000. The term-limited representative has also kept expenses to a minimum, spending just $2,746 last month to leave his campaign with $310,209 on-hand heading into December — more than Passidomo and Price combined.

The November haul came in across 139 contributions, including 23 checks for the maximum donation of $1,000. Disney checked in at the top of the donor list, with five $1,000 checks to the campaign through its subsidiaries. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer and drugstore Walgreens also chipped in $1,000 each.

The Naples Republican’s only major expenditure was a $2,630 payment to Tallahassee-based Strategic Digital Services for advertising.

Passidomo, who is also facing term-limits in her House seat, brought in $34,050 in November and spent $11,742 for an on-hand total of $116,746 heading into December. Donors included Naples City Councilwoman Margaret Sulick and cable company Comcast, both of which gave $1,000.

Her expenditures included a $6,277 payment to West Palm Beach-based Public Concepts for a direct mail campaign, as well as a $2,500 payment to Campaign Facts for research and consulting. Naples consulting shop C2 Communications also picked up about $2,000 on the November ledger.

Even without comparisons to Passidomo and Hudson, Price had a meager November. The first-time candidate raised $1,550 last month and spent $2,575. The poor showing puts Price into third place in the contentious primary race with $101,105 cash on-hand, though $20,000 of that money came in through loans to his campaign.

Price should get a chance to claw his way back though once the 2016 Legislation Session kicks off in January, pausing fundraising efforts for sitting legislators.

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.


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