Lauren Book brings in $250K in February as she weighs CFO run

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Book had more than $2.18 million on hand as of Feb. 28.

Democratic Sen. Lauren Book added nearly $251,000 in February alone, according to the latest fundraising reports filed with the Division of Elections.

The haul comes as Book is considering whether to seek another Senate term or run for the Chief Financial Officer position. She now has a massive war chest containing more than $2.18 million as of Feb. 28.

Outside of Nikki Fried’s 2018 win in the Agriculture Commissioner contest, Florida Democrats have struggled in statewide races in recent years. But Book’s sizeable fundraising numbers could help her right the ship for Democrats after a strong 2020 cycle for Republicans.

Book first joined the Senate after winning a 2016 contest in Senate District 32, following redistricting. That election was only for a two-year term, however. Book won reelection in 2018 for her first full term in the Senate. That allows her to seek another four-year term in 2022 without running into the state’s term limits.

But the Plantation Democrat may have her eyes on a statewide run. She’s weighing a challenge to CFO Jimmy Patronis, who recently announced his intention to run for a second full term. Patronis is a Republican, meaning he and Book would face off in a hypothetical matchup during the General Election, assuming both emerged from their respective party primaries.

Judging by the latest fundraising reports, Book will have plenty of cash behind her no matter which route she takes. During February, she added nearly $106,000 through her campaign account. Those donations carry a $1,000 cap, making that total even more impressive.

Book’s political committee, Leadership for Florida, added another $145,000. PC’s can collect donations above that $1,000 limit. She courted $50,000 from South Florida Stadium, LLC, the organization which operates Hard Rock Stadium, home to the Miami Dolphins.

That February fundraising period is the last full period available to Book until the end of the 2021 Legislative Session. Lawmakers are barred from fundraising during Session, which runs from March 2 until April 30, as scheduled.

Book won her respective elections in 2016 and 2018 unopposed. She’s the daughter of influential lobbyist Ron Book. Sen. Book currently chairs the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs, making her one of just a few Democrats leading committees in the GOP-controlled Legislature.

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]


4 comments

  • Dustin

    March 10, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    There has never been a more prominent example of political corruption than the Books. No matter what office she runs for, Florida would be much better off voting against Lauren Book and fighting to revoke her father’s lobbying registration.

    • Charlotte Greenbarg

      March 11, 2021 at 9:16 am

      Exactly. And what qualifications does she have for CFO? Who donated?

      • Derek Logue

        March 12, 2021 at 10:49 am

        Her only “qualifications” are being the daughter of a twice criminally convicted lobbyist father (and soon to be thrice counting his DUI) and her exalted status as a sex crime victim.

        She’s already funnelling millions to her charity. How is it not a conflict of interest to directly work and get paid by the charity she sends millions to as a State Senator?

  • Derek Logue

    March 11, 2021 at 11:49 am

    All she cares about is money. She has done nothing of note yet the Florida legislature and this website continue to worship this corrupt politician.

    I honestly do not believe she could function apart from daddy’s direction. Why promote this useless waste of humanity?

    By the way, she tried silencing me and failed three times in court now. If she is scared of a little criticism and willing to waste millions on silencing critics, she will only be worse when she is writing checks for her dubious charity.

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