Debbie Wasserman Schultz raises more than $289K in 2Q as she seeks 10th term in House

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Republican candidate Carla Spalding is seeking a rematch against Wasserman Schultz next year.

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz holds more than $750,000 in her campaign account as she gears up for a 10th election campaign for the U.S. House.

Wasserman Schultz raised just over $289,000 in the second quarter of 2021, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. That gives Wasserman Schultz more than $441,000 raised this cycle in the race for Florida’s 23rd Congressional District.

She has also spent nearly $335,000 this cycle, including more than $133,000 last quarter. But Wasserman Schultz also held over a hefty sum from previous campaigns, as she’s now Florida’s longest-tenured current member of Congress behind only Republican Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart.

Republican candidate Carla Spalding, who challenged Wasserman Schultz last cycle, outraised the incumbent last quarter according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Spalding pulled in nearly $384,000, as compared to $289,000 for Wasserman Schultz. Spalding ended the period with just over $94,000 in cash on hand. That’s about one-eighth of Wasserman Schultz’s cash on hand total.

Wasserman Schultz courted $3,000 in donations last quarter from former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy. The federal donation cap of $2,900 applies to each election, the Primary and the General, meaning individuals can donate up to $5,800 in a single cycle.

Van Gundy’s most recent coaching stint was with the New Orleans Pelicans. He has remained politically active in Florida in recent years, however.

The American Federation of Teachers also donated $5,000 to Wasserman Schultz’s campaign. The GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, a health care company, also donated $5,000, as did Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits PAC.

So far, Wasserman Schultz is unopposed on the Democratic side in the race for Florida’s 23rd Congressional District. In addition to Spalding, Republican candidates Jeffrey Olson, Saad Suleman and Rubin Young have filed paperwork seeking to challenge Wasserman Schultz in the General Election.

Only Spalding’s fundraising report was available as of publication. Much of Spalding’s donations came from small-dollar donors, according to the FEC filings. Nearly $287,000 of her $384,000 raised were classified as “unitemized” individual donations. The FEC does not require campaigns to list donors whose aggregate donation amounts sit under $200.

“Our campaign has been blessed and humbled with the incredible and overwhelming support it has received from Americans across the country, who have given as little as $1 to defeat Progressive Democrats like Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz,” said Sean Williams, Spalding’s campaign treasurer.

CD 23 is mostly located in southern Broward County but stretches along the east coast of northern Miami-Dade County as well. The district includes all or parts of Davie, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise and Weston in Broward County. The district also runs down to parts of Miami-Dade including Aventura and Surfside, the site of last month’s building collapse which has killed at least 97 people as of publication.

While Spalding’s fundraising numbers are impressive, she’ll be facing an uphill battle if she emerges from the GOP primary and secures a rematch next November. Wasserman Schultz defeated Spalding 58%-42% last November. Wasserman Schultz has secured at least 56% of the vote each of the last four cycles.

Candidates and political committees faced a Thursday deadline to report all financial activity through June 30.

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]


6 comments

  • Ed

    July 16, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    I wouldn’t give her my last penny. Unfortunately she can represent district 23 as long as she wants, similar to that other lunatic in San Francisco. She will never go any further than her little liberal enclave in The People’s Republic of Broward County.

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  • MrsFish

    July 16, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    DWS is a TRAITOR. Shame on So. Fla for keeping her in office this long.

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  • Matthew Lusk

    July 17, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Burn the witches. Spank the bitchez.

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  • martin

    July 18, 2021 at 8:14 am

    she is one of the poster children for term limits.

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  • Ed

    July 18, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    District 23 is a lost cause. Debbie and her operatives will dispatch buses to Kings Point, Century Village, Sunrise Lakes, etc and the old folks are looking for two things on a ballot. The first is a “D” by the candidate. I’ll let you guess what the second one is. Then there is the Northeasterners who have fled that part of the country due to high taxes, high cost of living brought on by the Democrats. Yet when they arrive here they continue to vote the same way. Like I said District 23 and really Broward County are a lost cause.

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  • Rubin Young

    July 19, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    July 19, 2021

    Dear Florida Politics

    District 23 is a D plus 9 district. Democrats always get 58 percent of the votes and Republicans always get 41 percent of the votes.
    In the upcoming 2022 election, there is no major mandate to attract voters because Donald Trump is not running although Donald Trump is on the mind of many Americans.

    GOP candidates raising lots of money is not indicator of election success. Look at former Congressional candidate, Kim Klacik in Baltimore MD. Klacik raised $8M and lost after receiving 93,000 votes, or 28% of the total vote.
    In contrast, I ran for the Miami-Date Clerk of the Court against Democrat Harvey Ruvin and received 278,088 votes with minimal donations.

    My campaign had a better grassroots ground game, and I did not need to spend lots of money on billboard advertisements. Team Young will duplicate our 2020 efforts in the 2022 primary and general elections.

    Billboards do not win elections and neither do big donations. One has to question the purpose of raising millions of campaign money and the candidate losing. Does raising lots of campaign money translate into winning?

    Please http://www.ryoungforcongress.com to see what makes Rubin Young different from all my primary opponents.

    Before Carla Spaulding ever decided to run for an office, Rubin Young, a natural born American, was well ahead of her with understanding District 23 residents’ needs.

    Regards,

    Rubin Young Republican for Congress District 23 running against Debbie Wasserman Schultz in 2022
    (954) 399-7699

    Reply

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