Florida GOP pitches in nearly $22K for Tom Fabricio in otherwise slow HD 103 fundraising period

Tom Fabricio
Fabricio still faces a large cash deficit against his opponent, Democratic Rep. Cindy Polo.

The Republican Party of Florida put nearly $22,000 toward staff and polling costs for Republican candidate Tom Fabricio as he challenges incumbent Democratic Rep. Cindy Polo.

Those in-kind contributions make up the bulk of the action in what was otherwise a slow fundraising period for both candidates. The newest financial reports cover Aug. 22-Sept. 4 and mark the first full fundraising period of the General Election.

In terms of actual cash, Fabricio raised just over $5,700 for the period while Polo collected less than $2,800.

Fabricio courted a $1,000 donation from Friends of Ray Rodrigues, the political committee associated with GOP Rep. Ray Rodrigues. Jack Latvala‘s PC, Florida Leadership Committee, also contributed $1,000 to Fabricio’s campaign. The Broward County Republican Executive Committee donated $250 as well.

Polo mostly relied on small-dollar donations. She courted only two donations of more than $100 during the period. One of those came from Democratic Rep. Anna Eskamani, who pitched in $250 to Polo’s campaign account.

Neither Fabricio nor Polo spent any significant money during the period.

Fabricio’s slight fundraising advantage during the period didn’t put much of a dent in the overall money gap. Polo has raised just under $86,000 this cycle and has more than $54,000 still on hand.

Fabricio has raised $67,000 and added another $10,000 in loans. He has just over $7,400 remaining, however.

Those in-kind contributions from the Florida GOP will help ameliorate his money deficit. Still, Fabricio’s campaign lacks a lot of hard cash as he looks to take the House District 103 seat back for Republicans.

In 2018, Polo won the open HD 103 seat by 6 percentage points. That seat was formerly held by Republican Rep. Manny Diaz, who now serves in the Senate.

The district covers parts of Miami Lakes and Doral in Miami-Dade County and also extends into Miramar in Broward County. Candidates and political committees faced a Friday deadline to report all financial activity through Sept. 4.

Last updated on September 14, 2020

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]


One comment

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 14, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Vote blue! Vote Polo! There are only goptrump cult losers running! Stop them! Vote Blue for you and me! Vote Polo!

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