David Bellamy crosses $175K raised while Jeremy Matlow surpasses 1K total donations

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Bellamy’s average campaign donation is $348.79, while Matlow’s is $66.13.

Tallahassee City Commission candidate David Bellamy outraised incumbent Jeremy Matlow in February in the most expensive local race so far in Leon County.

Bellamy’s camp raised $46,235 across 185 donations, while Matlow brought in $8,019 with 168 donations.

So far, Bellamy has outraised Matlow in every month except for the first month he was registered. His total raised now sits at $175,795, compared to Matlow’s $74,400. The two totals rank second and third in amounts raised for candidates in local Leon County or Tallahassee races, behind Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey’s $190,000 total.

This is the first month Bellamy’s donor count was higher than Matlow’s. So far, Matlow has received 1,125 total donations, while Bellamy’s sits at 504. Bellamy’s average donation was $348.79, while Matlow’s average is $66.13.

The difference in averages is contributed to by the large difference in maxed-out donations between the two candidates. The surgeon — and son of former city commissioner Carol Bellamy — has received 111 $1,000 donations from Tallahassee residents and companies, while Matlow has received seven.

In February, Bellamy received 19 $1,000 donations, including several donations from local construction and real estate companies, like Culpepper Construction, The M5 Group Inc., Pitman’s Custom Construction, Boulos LLC and more. 

In February, 33 of his 185 donations came from local companies. None of Matlow’s February donations came from businesses. In total, 78 of Bellamy’s donations and $42,715 of his total has come from businesses, while Matlow has received three donations and $700 from businesses.

In a statement to Florida Politics, Bellamy said he is proud of the contributions he has received and took shots at Matlow.

“I’m very proud that almost all of my donations are first time contributions from people in Tallahassee or Leon County. Almost none are from out of the state, and very few are repeat donations,” Bellamy said. “I think that shows that we appeal to a large group in Tallahassee who understands that being on the ineffectual end of two to three Commission votes makes for great social media posts, but it doesn’t help, you know, a child in our Providence neighborhood afford clean clothes you’d be proud to wear to school.”

On March 10, the day February fundraising totals were made public, Matlow took to Twitter to voice his concerns about money in local politics.

Matlow told Florida Politics he is concerned about the involvement of special interests in campaign financing.

“This election cycle is looking like it will see unprecedented levels of campaign contributions by special interests,” he said. “Imagine the good you could do in our community with a million dollars instead of trying to tip the scales of local elections.”

Both candidates have also made substantial contributions to their own campaigns. Bellamy donated $1,000 to himself, while taking out a $10,000 loan. Matlow gave himself $2,500 and also took out a $10,000 loan.

Matlow outpaced his opponent in February spending, using $5,000 on campaign signs, stickers, Facebook ads and other expenses. Bellamy spent $2,712.41.

Tristan Wood

Tristan Wood graduated from the University of Florida in 2021 with a degree in Journalism. A South Florida native, he has a passion for political and accountability reporting. He previously reported for Fresh Take Florida, a news service that covers the Florida Legislature and state political stories operating out of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications. You can reach Tristan at [email protected], or on Twitter @TristanDWood

One comment

  • TONY

    March 23, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    Two things where David Bellamy is concerned, ONE: I believe that most of his contributions were directions from Dailey and Campbell to get Matlow out because Matlow is disrupting the corruption in City Hall and secondly, Bellamy is a surgeon and I think a Cop as well so, how will he find the time to to be a Commissioner with all the Meetings and Workshops they have when he has Patients to attend to dailey? Is he going to be just a “Phone In” Commissioner that will only Vote how Dailey tells him to Vote?

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