Democratic candidate Linda Thompson Gonzalez had her best fundraising period yet as she challenges Republican Rep. Chip LaMarca in House District 93.
Despite that breakthrough — where she raised nearly $45,000 from Sept.19-Oct. 2 — she still collected just over half of what her opponent hauled in.
LaMarca added more than $74,000 during the same period, according to new reports filed with the Florida Division of Elections. His political committee, Citizens Helping Improve Policy, added another $12,500 during the same span, for a total approaching $87,000.
Thompson Gonzalez tapped into the out-of-state fundraising network being utilized by several of her fellow Democratic candidates this cycle. That allowed her to notch her campaign high of nearly $45,000.
Around 57% of that money came from outside Florida. When broken down by individual donations, 88% of her donations came from out of state. The vast majority of those donations were for small sums — $25 or less — while she garnered several larger individual donations from inside the state.
Merick Lewin, a politically active entrepreneur based in South Florida, sent $1,000 to the Thompson Gonzalez campaign. EMILY’s List — a national organization aimed at helping elect Democratic women who support abortion rights —also donated $1,000.
LaMarca got a $10,000 boost from the Florida GOP. He tapped into several big-money donors, courting maxed out donations from The Southern Group, high-powered law firm Tripp Scott, and Comcast. Two organizations associated with The GEO Group, an organization that backs private prisons, each donated $1,000.
LaMarca has been one of the most well-funded House incumbents in the state. That allowed him to spend just under $119,000 during the most recent reporting period as compared to just $13,000 in spending from Thompson Gonzalez.
The largest portion of LaMarca’s spending — nearly $77,000 —went to the Virginia-based Smart Media Group for media expenses. His PC also spent nearly $11,000 on research and consulting costs with campaign strategist Blake MacDiarmid.
Thompson Gonzalez spent $9,000 with TJP Strategies, making up the bulk of her spending for the period.
Despite LaMarca dropping loads more cash during the period, he still holds a sizable money advantage over Thompson Gonzalez. LaMarca has nearly $321,000 in his war chest. Thompson Gonzalez is holding just over $96,000.
HD 93 covers parts of Broward County including Lighthouse Point and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Candidates and political committees faced a Friday deadline to report all financial activity through Oct. 2.