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Anna Eskamani clears $150K in campaign funds’ balances

$15K for official campaign and $25K for political committee

Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani of Orlando collected more than $40,000 in October for her two political committees, bringing her over $200,000 raised and $150,000 in the bank to support her reelection bid in House District 47

Eskamani, a freshman lawmaker, is yet unchallenged in HD 47, covering parts of northern and central Orange County.

Her biggest boost in October came from her longtime benefactor, retired Orlando lawyer Brian D. Anderson, who contributed $25,000 to Eskamani’s People Power for Florida political committee. Anderson now has contributed more than $100,000 to that committee, though $30,000 of that was provided during the 2018 election cycle.

With the latest contributions, People Power for Florida has raised $160,000 and spent about $76,000 of that. People Power has not received any donations from anyone other than Anderson since June.

Eskamani’s official campaign fund reported raising $15,703 in October. It now has brought in $75,973 and has spent just $6,718, including on her first 2020 campaign video, which was launched in October.

So she has more than $152,000 in cash, combined in the two funds.

Though her official campaign drew five maximum-donation $1,000 checks in October, it also drew 140 other contributions during the month. Overall, her official campaign has received more than 670 donations thus far. Some of that has come from her campaign’s sales of campaign swag, such as Anna Eskamani shirts, coffee mugs, clocks, and socks.

Last year, Eskamani raised and spent more than $450,000 in her official campaign, and flipped a seat that had been held by Republican state Rep. Mike Miller. She defeated Winter Park businessman Stockton Reeves, 57 percent to 43 percent.

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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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