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Demi Busatta Cabrera adds $19K to grow HD 114 money lead over Jean-Pierre Bado

Busatta Cabrera retains more than $52,000 while Bado holds just under $11,000.

Republican candidate Demi Busatta Cabrera raised another $19,200 as she looks to wrest the House District 114 seat from Democratic control.

Busatta Cabrera collected that money from Aug. 22-Sept. 4. Her campaign was flooded with money from various political committees during that period.

Conservatives for a Better Florida, which is run by future House Speaker Daniel Perez, donated $1,000 to Busatta Cabrera’s campaign. Miami United, another Perez PC, dropped another $1,000 into her campaign account.

Friends of Ray Rodrigues, the political committee associated with GOP Rep. Ray Rodrigues, donated $1,000 as well. PC’s associated with Exxon, the Dade County Police Benevolent Association and the pharmaceutical company Alkermes all pitched in $1,000 as well. In total, $12,500 of Busatta Cabrera’s most recent haul — or 65% — came from various PC’s.

She also received just over $2,500 in in-kind contributions from the Florida GOP for staff costs.

Her Democratic opponent, Jean-Pierre Bado, raised just over $6,400 from Aug. 22-Sept. 4. About half of that money came from donations of $250 or less. He has now collected more than $71,000 in outside money to aid his bid for the HD 114 seat. He’s also added $7,500 in loans to his campaign.

Busatta Cabrera has raised more than $140,000 in total. She retains more than $52,000 while Bado holds just under $11,000.

Bado was forced to cut into his cash fund to secure the Democratic nomination in HD 114. He narrowly defeated Susi Loyzelle in the Aug. 18 primary with 51% of the vote. Busatta Cabrera did not face a primary challenge, allowing her to hold much of her cash until the General Election cycle.

Bado is a West Point graduate who served in the U.S. Army. He now works as an attorney. Busatta Cabrera formerly worked as a legislative assistant for Republican Sen. Anitere Flores. She earned her law degree from the Florida State University College of Law.

HD 114 covers portions of Miami-Dade County including Cutler Bay, South Miami and West Miami. The seat is being vacated by Democratic Rep. Javier Fernández, who is pursuing a Senate bid.

Candidates and political committees faced a Friday deadline to report all financial activity through Sept. 4.

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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 ryan.t.nicol@gmail.com.

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