Daniella Levine Cava crosses $3M raised after adding $600K in May

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Levine Cava had one of her most productive fundraising months this cycle.

Miami-Dade mayoral candidate Daniella Levine Cava added another $600,000 in May, giving her more than $3.1 million between her campaign and political committee, Our Democracy.

Her May earnings report is one of the best months for Levine Cava so far, and it comes as candidates have halted in-person fundraisers and other events due to the COVID-19 outbreak. That May mark was due to a large assist from megadonor Donald Sussman, who poured in $500,000 to Levine Cava’s PC.

“It’s clear that Daniella’s campaign continues to build great momentum and excitement as we pass the $3-million mark in fundraising,” said Christian Ulvert, a senior advisor to the campaign.

“With a fully-virtual fundraising operation, the campaign maximized digital fundraising and online events to reach this milestone. With less than 70 days until Election Day, the campaign continues to grow its support with new endorsements and supporters, including the first labor organization with CWA Local 3122 endorsing and Equality Florida announcing their support as we celebrate Pride Month.”

Levine Cava’s overall fundraising number includes $405,000 transferred last year from a political committee that backed Levine Cava prior to her mayoral run.

Candidates faced a Wednesday deadline to report all financial activity through May 31.

As of this posting, most of the seven qualified candidates in the contest have not yet officially reported their May fundraising totals.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Xavier Suarez, who represents District 7, showed $0 raised through his campaign and political committee, Imagine Miami PC. Suarez has largely held off on raising money since the coronavirus outbreak began, though is still considered a contender in the race.

The newest entrant into the contest, Carlos Antonio De Armas, also added $0 in May. He has not reported any donations since filing in March.

The other four candidates — entrepreneur Monique Nicole Barley, County Commissioner Esteban Bovo, real estate agent Ludmilla Domond and former County Mayor Alex Penelas — have not yet detailed their May fundraising numbers.

Penelas has led the field in the money race so far. Through April, he’s added more than $3.7 million and had more than $3 million in cash remaining. Levine Cava has largely held second place, while Suarez and Bovo have posted significant fundraising totals as well.

Levine Cava is seeking to become the first woman Mayor in the county’s history. Current Mayor Carlos Giménez is term-limited and is pursuing a congressional seat.

Ryan Nicol

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