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Mario Diaz-Balart claims $256K in newest fundraising report

That report covers the first quarter of 2019.

GOP U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart has reported more than $256,000 in contributions in the first quarter of 2019, bringing his cash on hand to nearly $265,000 in total.

That includes $5,000 each from PACs representing AT&T and Comcast, $4,000 from Florida Citrus Mutual, and $2,500 each from General Electric and Florida East Coast Industries.

His brother and former congressional colleague, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, also put $2,000 toward the campaign.

In all, more than 2/3 of the money from donations listed on Diaz-Balart’s itemized contributions came from various PACs and political organizations.

His campaign also reported nearly $140,000 in net operating expenditures.

More than $107,000 of that was sent to Rose Strategies for consulting and various expenses. Another $12,000 went to Fast Forward Solutions, Inc. for similar expenditures.

Diaz-Balart has long been representing South Florida in the U.S. House. He has not yet drawn a 2020 challenger for his seat in Florida’s 25th Congressional District.

In 2018, he won comfortably against Democratic challenger Mary Barzee Flores. Diaz-Balart defeated her 61 percent to 39 percent.

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to ryan.t.nicol@gmail.com.

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