Florida’s 15th Congressional District hosted one of Florida’s most cont[entious congressional races last year. But in 2021, there has been little fundraising activity thus far.
U.S. Rep. Scott Franklin, a Lakeland Republican, raised $81,627 in the second quarter of the year. He hit the midpoint of 2021 with $153,244 in cash on hand as he seeks reelection.
But while Spano has raised less money than any other Florida Representative in the 2020 class, there’s no sign yet he really needs the cash. Democrats Lilawatie Ramcharran, president of the Lady Storm Foundation, and Jesse Phillipe, who lost to Cohn in the 2020 Primary, have yet to report any fundraising this cycle.
Franklin bested Cohn in 2020 by more than five percentage points. While Democrats have fought in the right-leaning district in the last two election cycles, there’s not any sign just yet the district will be a battleground next year.
By that time, the GOP-dominated Florida Legislature will redraw the district, and all in Florida, with most expecting lawmakers to put a new district in Central Florida. That could greatly impact Franklin’s jurisdiction, and not likely for the worse.
So where’s the money he has raised coming from?
A little more than half of it, $44,827, comes from individual donors, with the remaining $36,800 generated by PAC contributions.
Tampa-based Bloomin’ Brands, the company behind Outback Steakhouse, Carabba’s Italian Grill and other restaurants, donated $5,000 to Franklin’s campaign.
Several development industry PACs also gave big, including the Associated Builders and Contractors, which donated $2,500.
The Florida Citrus Mutual PAC and the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida gave $1,000 and $500 respectively. Lockheed Martin gave $2,000 and Space Exploration Technologies gave $2,500, while the Air Line Pilots Association wrote a check for $1,000.