- Centene Management
- Conservatives for a Better Florida
- Daniel Perez
- Election 2022
- Florida Chamber of Commerce
- Florida Power & Light
- HD 116
- House District 116
- John Temple
- Kevin Cabrera
- Kevin Marino Cabrera
- Magic Johnson
- Miami United PC
- nextEra energy
- Nomi Health
- Red Road Consulting
- Republican Party of Miami-Dade County
- Simply Healthcare Plans
- Susan Plasencia
- TECO Energy
Republican Rep. Daniel Perez still doesn’t have a dance partner for this year’s election. But you wouldn’t know it by his fundraising, which surpassed $3 million this election cycle — including $216,000 raised last month alone.
After some healthy spending in April, Perez — one of the Legislature’s most formidable fundraisers — still holds $2.1 million between his campaign account and a pair of political committees he steers, Conservatives for a Better Florida and Miami United PC.
Energy companies, health care businesses and several interrelated chambers of commerce were responsible for all of Perez’s gains in April.
NextEra Energy, the parent company of state utility titan Florida Power & Light, gave $35,000. Another $25,000 came from Solar Power PAC, a political committee run by Florida Solar Energy Industries Association, which represents the solar industry.
Perez’s largest donation from the health care sector was a $25,000 check from Simply Healthcare Plans Inc., a Cincinnati-headquartered Medicare-contracted coordinated care plan. NBA legend Magic Johnson is both a shareholder and spokesman of the company.
Nomi Health Inc., which runs more than a dozen health care centers in South Florida and received $46 million in state contracts last year for COVID-19 testing, donated $21,000. Centene Management Co., which operates 17 health care centers in Florida, including sites in Miami, Miami Gardens and Plantation, gave $10,000.
Perez also received $50,000 from four political committees tied to the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
He spent $126,000 in April, most of it on political donations and consulting.
Another $2,000 apiece went to Sumter County GOP Chair John Temple and fellow Republican Susan Plasencia, the sister of state Rep. Rene Plasencia. Both launched campaigns for the House in March.
HD 116 covers a center-west portion of Miami-Dade that includes part of the City of Sweetwater and large swaths of the county’s unincorporated Kendall, Sunset and Tamiami neighborhoods. The district contains two major college campuses, Miami Dade College Kendall Campus and Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus, as well as Dolphin Mall, which touts itself as the “largest retail value shopping center” in the county.
Perez won office in a 2017 Special Election after receiving nearly 66% of the vote to succeed former Republican Rep. José Félix Díaz in HD 116. He retained the seat a year later, defeating Democratic opponent James Harden with 57% of ballots cast in his favor.
In 2019, he won an in-party race to secure his future as House Speaker from 2024 to 2026, provided Republicans retain control of the chamber.
The next year, he toppled Democrat Bob Lynch with 63% of the vote to earn his second full House term.
Candidates faced a Tuesday deadline to report all campaign finance activity through April 30.