Val Demings flexes fundraising muscle in July

Val Demings
Demings donated nearly half of her July haul to the DCCC.

As two Republicans vie for the chance to challenger her in Florida’s 10th Congressional District, Democratic Rep. Val Demings showed the vice presidential prospect’s fundraising might.

Demings raised $207,784 in the period spanning July 1-29 ,almost as much money in July as her GOP challengers, Vennia Francois and Willie Montague have managed to raise to date.

It was far and away Demings’ best month, and it came while she received widespread national attention as a potential running mate for Democratic presidential nominee-to-be Joe Biden. Biden still has not announced who he will pick, and Demings officially remains in the running, though she has largely dropped  out of much of the national speculation in August.

If she runs for a third term in Congress, and not for Vice President of the United States, Demings likely will have advantages both in campaign money and voter registration.

Perhaps as a reflection of her confidence, or a signal of support for her party, her latest campaign finance report from the Federal Election Commission shows she donated $100,000 of her campaign cash to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to help other Democratic congressional candidates around the country.

To date, Demings has raised $1.3 million, including the $207,000 she picked up in July. She’s spent $805,015 of that to date, leaving her with $657,671 in the bank on July 29.

Francois rode early fundraising success to a position that looked like a dominant Republican candidate in CD 10, heading toward the August 18 Republican primary. But she showed little success in July while Montague’s campaign had its first month showing any fundraising activity.

In July Francois raised just $2,265, and spent $25,101. To date she has raised $207,194 but was left with just $79,581 in the bank on July 29.

Montague raised $13,809 in July, his campaign’s first money. His campaign spent all but $500 of that.

CD 10 covers western Orange County, which includes much of Orlando’s tourism corridor, a handful of suburbs, and the predominantly black communities of west Orlando and Pine Hills. It is overwhelmingly a Democratic stronghold, with 45% of the registered voters being Democrats and just 25% Republicans.

Scott Powers

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 [email protected].


  • Robert Dunn

    August 7, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    How do you like Democrat Socialism so far? PORT, NY, CHI, ATL, WA, DC Minneapolis just to mention a few. All Democrat leadership did the same thing, allowing the rioters to destroy.

    If Joe Biden is elected President America will be on fire…..only Biden won’t send federal officers.

    Democrat Mayors ordering police to stand down while the city is looted, burned. citizens beaten in the streets, monuments destroyed, police stations attacked taken over and allowed to be occupied. Antifa and BLM founder is a Marxist, (the media is hiding this fact) are the criminals behind this and the Democrat city and state leaders are complicit.

    Biden stated he’s going to “transform America” If you vote for Joe Biden it will be for a far left platform.. Joe will follow the radical left’s agenda or Joe won’t get the support (and he is) of Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, Karen Bass (Leader Congressional Black Caucus), llhan Omar, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Val Demings, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Valerie Jarrett,. Rashida Talib, Stacy Abrams, Ayanna Pressley, Nancy Pelosi, Sheila Jackson Lee, Tom Perez, Maxine Waters, Pramila Jayapal.

    This is the core of the socialists wing of the Democrat party and is firmly in charge, not old , confused Joe Biden. Biden will be a puppet to a liberal Vice President and those mentioned above.) Socialist llhan Omar stated recently, she will support Biden who has “one of the most progressive platforms in the history of the Democrat party.” He does

  • Robert Dunn

    August 7, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Democrat Platform & Goals: (Do you know?)

    *Citizenship for 20 to 50 million illegal aliens, DACA, TPS recipients and their families with a cost of billions.

    *Free Healthcare for Illegal aliens, DACA, TPS recipients (taxpayer funded with one estimate at 52 trillion) Joe Biden endorsed.

    *Massive tax increases. All Democrat candidates have committed to tax increases of various amounts. Biden has stated he will raise taxes to over 71 trillion. With his platform, he will have to.

    *Sanctuary Cities & States. Joe Biden supports sanctuary cities.

    *Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Green new deal.(which would create massive unemployment, 100,000 jobs estimated in the transportation industry alone.) Biden supports.

    *Reparations for race’s harmed by Caucasians. Joe Biden committed to support Sheila Jackson Lee’s reparations bill in the House. Basically a tax will be levied on all Caucasians in America. (you can’t make this stuff up)

    *De-fund & terminate border patrol & ICE.

    * Climate Change: Biden climate change plan will cost trillions of tax dollars & jobs.

    * Biden will attack the Second Amendment (as it is now) Biden has stated Beto O’Rourke will be his gun Czar “Hell yeah I’m coming for your guns.”

    *De-fund Police. Kamala Harris called it “re-imagine law enforcement” in the senate. Biden recently stated he was in favor, quote “redirecting law enforcement finds.” Biden will do what the far left wants.

    *Ending of all private / employer based health care. “Medicare for all”, Feds run everything.

    *Illegal Aliens eligible for welfare & food stamps. (Elizabeth Warren’s plan adopted) Endorsed by Biden.

    *Free college for all, including illegal aliens (taxpayer funded with estimates in the billions. Bernie Sanders plan adopted.

    *Decriminalization of illegal entry into our country.

    *Open Borders.

    *End all deportations of illegal aliens, if you get here, you stay. Bernie’s website calls it a “moratorium” on deportations.

    *Drivers Licenses for illegal aliens (already happening in states with Democrat leadership. Biden endorsed

    *Late term abortions up to 9 months.

    * Destruction and erasing our history.

    Democrats want to make this election all about President Trump. NOT their platform & Goals for obvious reasons.

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