Demi Busatta Cabrera hits fundraising record for the second month in a row
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The Coral Gables Republican has not yet drawn a challenger.

The freshman lawmaker who flipped her Miami-Dade district from blue to red in the last election is way into the black — September was the second straight month Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera reached a personal record for fundraising this year.

Between her personal campaign and her committee, the Coral Gables Republican hauled in $67,200 in September. Busatta Cabrera has not yet drawn a challenger in her reelection bid for House District 114. If one emerges, Busatta Cabrera will have $136,458 cash on hand to answer the challenge.

Her committee, People Over Politics, raised $44,000, garnering 15 donations, all worth $2,000 or more from industries such as wholesale supply, energy, beverage distribution, telecommunications, and insurance. Her committee collected $5,000 each from the Florida Professional Firefighter’s political action committee, the Dade County Firefighter union’s political committee and Floridians United for Our Children’s Future.

Busatta Cabrera’s committee spent no money in September, according to state records.

Busatta Cabrera’s personal campaign received the maximum $1,000 donation from 21 different political committees and industries such as tobacco, real estate, retail pet stores, pharmaceuticals, insurance, beverage distributors and agriculture.

Her personal campaign’s spending was negligible in September.

The seat had been occupied by Democrats before Busatta Cabrera won election in 2020. Democratic Rep. Javier Fernandez gave up the seat to make an unsuccessful bid for Senate District 39 in 2020.

Busatta Cabrera’s Democratic opponent, Jean-Pierre Bado, lost to her by a little more than 8 percentage points.

Busatta Cabrera works as a nonprofit development director, according to her legislative biography.

Busatta Cabrera serves as the vice-chair of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee. She also served on the Judiciary Committee and on the subcommittees for Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Environment & Public Safety, Environment, Agriculture & Flooding, and Finance.

House District 119 incorporates parts of Coral Gables, Miami, South Miami and West Miami.

Candidates faced a Monday deadline to report all campaign activity in September.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected]


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