Ashley Moody holds massive fundraising lead in re-election bid

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Aramis Ayala's fundraising was an issue even during the Primary.

As the General Election season kicks-off in the Florida Attorney General race, incumbent Ashley Moody enjoys a massive cash advantage.

Through Aug. 26 totals filed with the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections, Moody had more than $5.16 million in her political committee, Friends of Ashley Moody, and more than $1.47 million in her campaign account.

All told, that is north of $6.63 million, well ahead of her Democratic opponent Aramis Ayala.

Ayala, a former one-term State Attorney in the Orlando region, won a three-way Primary with 44% of the vote last month. But that happened despite a fundraising operation that lagged behind one opponent, and the competitive imbalance is exposed further now that the General Election contest is finalized.

Through Aug. 26, Ayala has a little more than $15,000 on hand, and issues with fundraising that were actually discussed during the Primary resurface here in the fall.

Ayala spent the entire Primary season at a cash deficit against Daniel Uhlfelder, an attorney from Santa Rosa Beach who dressed up as the “Grim Reaper” in a pandemic-era protest against Gov. Ron DeSantis. Uhlfelder’s campaign was the only one of the three to take matching funds from the state of Florida, a point messaged throughout the stretch run of the campaign to no avail.

Moody is poised to take advantage, meanwhile, with strong fundraising to both her committee and her campaign account in the week ending Aug. 26. She raised $169,500 to Friends of Ashley Moody, with construction magnate Joe White of Belleaire contributing $100,000 of that. AT&T donated $25,000, while the Geo Group and CDR Maguire each donated $10,000.

Moody also raised $23,720 to her campaign account during the week ending Aug. 26, another sign of momentum. Like every other Republican running for a Cabinet seat this year, she enjoys a strong advantage over her Democratic opposition, a different scenario than her first campaign.

Moody won a competitive Primary four years ago, and spent much of the immediate aftermath of that contest retooling against that year’s Democratic nominee, Tampa lawyer Sean Shaw. This time around, she faced no Primary opposition.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


6 comments

  • Elliott Offen

    September 6, 2022 at 7:36 am

    Ashli rug muncher Moody penned an amicus curiae brief to overturn free and fair election. A vote for the GOP is a vote for authoritarianism. Vote BLUE to save America from the un-americans.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 6, 2022 at 7:40 am

      It’s coming! The Red Storm is coming! Run for Kalifornia Offen, Corsin, Crist and the rest of your aliases.

      • Elliott Offen

        September 6, 2022 at 11:09 am

        👆 Biggest un-american on this website. Cheerleader for a billionaire who tried to overthrow a free and fair election… establish right wing dictatorship. Did Trump make you rich buddy? Nope. Just made you more stupid…

    • samantha albers

      September 6, 2022 at 11:45 am

      What a dildo you are! Homophobic much?

      • Elliott Offen

        September 6, 2022 at 3:17 pm

        Sounds like you could use a rug munch💋

  • Fat Cammack

    September 6, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Vote for me…a conservative with true grits, and sausage and bacon, and a dozen cheese eggs, and a gallon of milk, and pancakes with lots of syrup and sugar, and biscuits with two quarts of gravy. Also I just might throw in a bare assed face sit🍩💋

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