Maria Elvira Salazar narrowly edges Donna Shalala in first fundraising report of 2020

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The two had swapped fundraising leads in the final two quarters of 2019.

Republican candidate Maria Elvira Salazar eked out a narrow fundraising win over Democratic U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala in the first quarter of 2020.

Salazar brought in more than $314,000 from Jan. 1 through March 31, edging out the $308,000 raised by the incumbent in Florida’s 27th Congressional District.

The two had swapped leads in the previous two quarters, though the first-quarter gap is far tighter than in previous reporting periods.

Salazar topped Shalala in the 3rd quarter of 2019 by about $140,000, not including a $50,000 candidate loan. The third quarter was her first since entering the race in August. Shalala outraised her by $240,000 in the fourth quarter.

The two candidates also faced off in the 2018 race for CD 27, with Shalala defeating Salazar by 6 percentage points.

But Salazar still has a ways to go to catch up to Shalala’s cash on hand.

Salazar has raised nearly $1.2 million this cycle and has $900,000 on hand.

Shalala, meanwhile, has topped $2 million in receipts this cycle, with more than $1.4 million in the bank.

The new finance reports showed continued struggles for Enrique Tarrio. Tarrio, who leads far-right group the Proud Boys, is also competing for the Republican nomination.

Though Tarrio entered the race in November, he did not file a fourth-quarter fundraising report because his total was so low the Federal Elections Commission did not require him to submit a report. The campaign confirmed that in a document submitted to the FEC.

“This Committee has not yet exceeded the $5,000 reporting threshold that would trigger the Committee’s reporting responsibilities under the Act,” the document states.

His first-quarter report wasn’t much better. Tarrio raised just over $8,100 and had $3,200 on hand on March 31.

It wasn’t clear how far below the bar he was until his first-quarter report was posted. Subtracting the first-quarter total from to-date total shows he raised $25 last year.

In January, Tarrio told the Miami New Times said he hadn’t begun actively raising money in the fourth quarter.

Federal campaigns faced a Wednesday deadline to report all financial activity through March 31.

Ryan Nicol

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 [email protected].


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