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Anna Eskamani picks up $50K check for her reelection bid in HD 47

Orlando lawyer Brian Anderson buoys Eskamani’s July fundraising

Orlando lawyer and Ruth’s List backer Brian Anderson has weighed in big on the House District 47 reelection effort of Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani, contributing $50,000 in July to her independent People Power for Florida Political Committee.

The check is a major break from Eskamani’s usual modus operandi of collecting big money via hundreds of small checks. For July, it dominates an otherwise modest month for the freshman Representative who had attracted more than 5,000 donations in her first campaign.

In July she reported picking up $5,343 for her official campaign and $50,000, via Anderson’s contribution, for her People Power of Florida.

That gives her $30,840 raised in her campaign fund and $62,000 in People Power for Florida toward the 2020 election campaign.

“Running for office has never been just a campaign for us — it’s a movement. Fueled by everyday people and grounded in our values of fighting unapologetically for what Florida families need and deserve,” Eskamani stated in a news release issued by her campaign. “From protecting public education, to combating climate change, taking on the NRA, and ensuring access to a safe and legal abortion while leading on issues of equality, nondiscrimination, and fair taxation. There is no issue we won’t dive into, and no topic too hot to touch. We are proud to represent the people of House District 47, and look forward to continuing our work together.”

She does not yet have an opponent in the election for HD 47, which covers much of northern and central Orange County.

Anderson, an original member of Eskamani’s finance team when she first ran in 2017, is a patents lawyer. For the 2018 election he had contributed more than $30,000 to her political committee. Earlier this year he put in another $2,000. He also has contributed more than $10,000 to Ruth’s List of Florida, and at one point was on that organization’s executive committee.

Eskamani’s political campaign picked up 59 checks in July. It had $29,577 left in the bank at the start of August. Her political committee had $60,312 in the bank.

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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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