Randy Fine clears $125K raised for 2020 re-election bid
Randy Fine is taking heat over calling a Jewish constituent ‘Judenrat.’

Fine pulled in $55,500 in hard money and $29,000 in committee cash last month.

February brought Brevard County Rep. Randy Fine his best haul of the 2020 election cycle, putting him past the $125,000 mark in total fundraising for his re-election bid in House District 53.

Fine pulled in $55,500 in hard money and another $29,000 via his affiliated political committee, Foundation for our Children’s Future. The new bring his running total to $126,500 since he filed for re-election in mid-November.

The campaign cash flowed in 49 checks for $1,000 — the maximum campaign donation for state House races — with another 13 contribs measuring in at $500 apiece.

Noteworthy donors include lobbying firm Akerman LLP, former House Speaker-turned-lobbyist Steve Crisafulli, Florida Power & Light parent company NextEra Energy and First Coast Conservatives, a fundraising vehicle of  Fleming Island Republican Rep. Travis Cummings.

In all, Fine has raised about $85,500 through his campaign account since officially launching his bid for a third term.

Foundation for Our Children’s Future, meanwhile, received 10 contributions last month, including a trio of $5,000 checks. Those donors were Florida CUPAC, Melbourne Greyhound Park and Calder Race Course.

Coming in at the $2,500 level were Ocala Breeders Sales Co., the Jacksonville Kennel Club and The Geo Group. Health insurer Florida Blue, RAI Services Company, The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and Ygrene Energy Fund rounded out the set.

Fine’s prodigious fundraising ability set him up well — in November, he reported about $20,000 rollover funds from his successful 2018 bid and notched another $13,000 in contribs through his PAC. Though he posted $0 reports in December, January brought his campaign account $7,500.

All told, Fine has nearly $150,000 banked between the two accounts, including $82,000 in hard money and nearly $69,000 in soft.

HD 53 covers southern Brevard County and has a hefty Republican lean despite the GOP only holding a 2-point edge over Democrats in voter registrations. In 2018, Fine scored a 10-point win over Democratic challenger Phil Moore.

So far, no candidate stepped forward to challenge Fine in 2020.

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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