Ralph Massullo holds $2 million cash for Senate bid, with boost from hefty self-loan

FLAPOL102517CH110
Health care donors gave substantially to his campaign account and political committee.

Rep. Ralph Massullo is sitting on $2 million in cash for his Senate run. That comes from money the Lecanto Republican raised both through his campaign account and a political committee backing his candidacy.

His Better Lives for Floridians committee pulled in $70,000 in new donations in January. Subtracting fairly minimal expenses, the committee closed the month with $371,647 in the bank.

The haul included a $10,000 contribution from the Florida Medical Association’s political arm, along with several $5,000 donations from the medical field. Political groups like Dermatology PAC of Florida and Floridians for Senior Care donated $5,000. So did NOMI Health, Trulieve and Integrity Medical Group.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce also gave $5,000, as did law firm Newsome Melton in Orlando.

FCCI Insurance in Sarasota donated $2,500 to the committee. Lobbying firm AXCM out of Aventura also gave that amount, as did Fort Lauderdale health care firm Green Point Research.

Meanwhile, Massullo’s candidate account also raised $18,500, bringing the total outside donations collected since he filed for Senate to $125,614.

The biggest chunk of money in the bank for Massullo comes from a $1.5 million candidate loan in December. But he’s still bringing in major financial support from Tallahassee, west Central Florida and beyond.

The Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, Council for Senior Floridians, Surgi-PAC, FocusEyeMD and Maxim Healthcare Services were among those giving $1,000 checks, more signs of support in the health world. Biotech firm AmGen also chipped in $1,000.

Florida Sports Consultants and GED Lawyers both donated $1,000 to the candidate. From the government consulting world, SKB Consulting and Capital Alliance Group both made the maximum candidate donation. Sarah Busk Suskey donated that much as an individual.

The Apartment Political Action Committee donated money to both Massullo’s candidate account — $1,000 — as well as $1,500 his committee.

All of the donations took place in the first 10 days of January, before a moratorium on fundraising by sitting lawmakers kicked in at the start of the Legislative Session.

Massullo faces fellow Republican Rep. Blaise Ingoglia in the race for the open Senate seat.

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]


One comment

  • Cherry Wood

    February 14, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    This is a HUGE mistake! Most healthvate facilities in Florida won’t even bill Medicaide!
    I’ve been in two nursing homes myself! You should see my bills. I have both Medicare and Medicade. Also, we never had enough staff to meet the 3 hour requirements per patient! Nursing homes need to keep the present requirements, as well as adding more staff. Their always understaffed!

Comments are closed.


#FlaPol

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jason Delgado, Renzo Downey, Daniel Figueroa, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Kelly Hayes, Joe Henderson, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Andrew Wilson, Mike Wright, and Tristan Wood.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704




Sign up for Sunburn


Categories