Brian Mast has nearly $2.4 million for his re-election bid
Brian Mast is looking to make algal blooms a federal case. Image via Facebook.

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So far, two challengers have not come close to matching the Congressman's fundraising firepower.

Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast’s bid for a fourth term representing Florida in Congress raised more than $700,000 during the final quarter of 2021.

Those collections are a drop from the nearly $1 million he raised the previous quarter. But he’s got plenty of money to answer any of the challengers he’s drawn so far.

Mast’s total cash on hand adds up to nearly $2.4 million.

There are a few notable names on Mast’s list of donors who helped him haul in a total of $522,295. Isaac Perlmutter, a chairman and former CEO of Marvel Entertainment, appears on Mast’s list of donors who contributed more than $200. He and his wife, Laura Perlmutter, are listed as both giving the maximum donation — $5,800 — over the last quarter. Joseph Korff, a CEO of a New York real estate company, gave $2,000. Maggie Gill, CEO of Tenet Healthcare Palm Beach, gave the campaign $250.

Among his campaign’s biggest buys: $115,937 with Response America, a Port Orange direct marketing company, $66,349 with Red Rock Strategies, a Las Vegas digital consulting company, and $36,305 with Kessler Creative, a Jacksonville direct marketing company. His campaign sent out a total of $506,241 during the last quarter.

Republican Melissa Martz has filed to challenge Mast in the Primary, but her fundraising firepower does not come close to matching his. She reported raising $47,443 in the last quarter and having $9,525 cash on hand on Dec. 31.

Former state Senate candidate Corinna Balderramos Robinson filed to join the fray, making her the only Democratic candidate in the race. She raised $11,282 in the last quarter and shows a total of $3,262 in cash on hand.

Mast represents Florida’s 18th Congressional District, which covers parts of northern Palm Beach County — including West Palm Beach — and extends into Martin and St. Lucie counties. Those boundaries could be affected by the state’s decennial redistricting process, however.

Candidates and political committees faced a Jan. 31 deadline to report all financial activity through Dec. 31.

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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