Byron Donalds already sitting on $500K for first reelection campaign
Byron Donalds.

The freshman Congressman reported support from Steve Scalise, American Crystal.

Rep. Byron Donalds has nearly $500,000 on hand for his 2022 campaign, his first reelection bid. Donalds clocked a solid first quarter since being sworn into Congress, finance reports show.

Donalds, in the first three months of 2021, raised $365,952, according to his quarterly report with the Federal Election Commission. But, he’s spending at a rapid clip as well, disbursing $347,431 over the three-month period. Still, he closed the reporting period with $499,416, or about $18,521 more than when he started the year.

And for the moment, that’s probably more than he needs in an R+12 district. His only opponent thus far, Democrat Cindy Banyai, reported $12,692 through the end of March.

Donalds defeated Banyai in November, winning 61% of the vote in Florida’s 19th Congressional District.

But the freshman Republican won his primary last year by one of the narrowest margins in state history. In a nine-person field, Donalds ended up with 23% of the vote over the 22% that went to Dane Eagle, now Florida’s director for the Department of Economic Opportunity. The two were separated by just 774 votes out of 103,915 cast.

Much of the money Donalds raised this quarter, came in smaller donations through WinRed.

American Crystal Sugar Company gave $5,000. The House Freedom Fund also gave $5,000. So did Minority Whip Steve Scalise’s Eye of the Tiger PAC.

Black America’s PAC, a conservative committee dedicated to wooing Black voters to the Republican side, donated $4,000 to Donalds, one of two Black GOP representatives elected last year.

Some notable individual donations include $5,800 from John Childs of J.W. Childs Associates in Vero Beach and the same from Mario Alvarez, an executive for Sunshine Gasoline Distribution. Patrick Mooney, managing director of Response America, also plopped that much down for Donalds.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


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