Jeff Brandes seeds state Senate re-election campaign with $200K of his own money
Jeff Brandes brought home some wins in Session.

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes has given $200,000 toward his own re-election, May fundraising reports show.

His latest numbers, posted Friday, also show Brandes pulled in another $32,000 in contributions for the month.

That brings the St. Petersburg Republican’s total raised to nearly $480,000 for this year’s election.

He has cash-on-hand of more than $310,000.

As of Friday, he is running unopposed. His area has been considered a swing district.

“This contribution reflects Sen. Brandes’ continued commitment to serving his constituents and marks over $850,000 contributed by himself to his election efforts since 2010,” said Chris Spencer, his campaign manager.

Brandes’ last election in 2014 had him pulling off a win against Democratic political science professor Judithanne McLauchlan.

Senators typically serve four-year terms, but this upcoming election was required because of a court-mandated redistricting that redrew the state Senate district boundaries.

Other May contributions include $1,000 from the Florida CPA political committee and $1,000 from The Fiorentino Group, a Jacksonville-based lobbying firm.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected]



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