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Buddy Dyer adds $89K to re-election campaign

Orlando mayoral fundraising in April: Dyer $89K, Ings $11K, Simons $2K

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer picked up more than $89,000 in April in his bid for a fifth full term in office.

According to the latest campaign finance reports posted by the Orlando City Clerk, Dyer’s campaign continued its high-octane push for his re-election. Meanwhile, his top two challengers, Orlando City Commissioner Sam Ings and Aretha Simons, both posted significant fundraising, but far behind that of the incumbent mayor who’s been in office since 2003.

Ings attracted $11,210 in April, bringing his total for his three-month-old campaign for the mayor’s office to $27,685 raised, and about $25,000 in the bank.

Simons, who has been running for more than a year, reported raising $2,105 in April, giving her $36,164 raised, and about $19,000 in the bank at the start of May.

Dyer now has raised $266,668 in three months toward the November municipal elections. He entered May with $192,000 in the bank. In April his campaign spent $45,442, including almost $40,000 to EMC Research, $3,000 to In Touch Strategies, and $2,150 to consultant Joan Jennings.

In April, Dyer received strong support from Orlando’s establishment, particularly those companies and individuals interested in development and construction and tourism.

He drew 48 maximum $1,000 checks. That included at least 20 from development, engineering, and construction interests, seven from various Disney companies, two from Universal Orlando Resort interests, two from companies associated with Mears Transportation, and four from food services, including HMS Host. He also picked up $1,000 checks from the Fraternal Order of Police and Comcast.

Ings picked up four $1,000 checks, and Simons, one. A third mayoral candidate, Shantele Bennett did not raise any money in April, though she reported spending $52. She has raised $43 total and had about $100 left in the bank. A fifth mayor candidate, Jentri Casaberry withdrew in April.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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