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Kim Daniels, HD 14 candidate

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GOP interests, donors power Democrat Kim Daniels fundraising in HD 14

Just before the end of candidate qualifying, incumbent state Rep. Kim Daniels drew a primary challenge for her House District 14 seat from Duval County School Board chair Paula Wright.

Daniels, a first-term lawmaker from Jacksonville, answered the challenge with her best fundraising of the cycle in the two weeks between June 22 and July 6: $26,412, bringing her up to $47,227 raised with almost $28,000 of that on hand.

Daniels garnered her haul from an atypical donor base for a Democratic candidate.

Private prison mega-corporation The Geo Group and U.S. Sugar gave $1,000, as did First Coast Conservatives, the political committee of state Rep. Travis Cummings.

Also ponying up: friendly Republican donors, such as Peter Rummell and charter school impresario Gary Chartrand (along with Charter Schools USA).

Wright, is far behind in fundraising, after a very disappointing two-week period. She raised just $3,501, with donors including a school board colleague (Rebecca Couch) and the Duval Teachers Tiger Cope Fund.

Some Duval Democrats made a lot of noise about wanting a primary challenger to Daniels. However, institutional money and Republican money might make that outcry the epitome of “sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

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A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com

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