Anna Paulina Luna mailer seeks emergency contributions — to her campaign
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Don't expect donations to fund any hurricane relief.

Hurricane Ian left Gulf Coast residents asking for water, electricity and places to shower. But at least one congressional candidate is asking for “emergency” campaign donations.

A new mailer from Anna Paulina Luna, headlined as an “emergency contribution reply,” shows the Pinellas Republican in military fatigues and asks for donations. But it wants checks written to “Anna Paulina Luna for Congress,” not any type of relief organization. It’s been greeted by some as deceptive, or, at the least, tasteless, when voters in Florida’s 13th Congressional District still reel from the storm.

“I came home tonight to this in my mailbox. Are you kidding me?” wrote Belleair Bluffs voter Jan Macdonald Whitlow on Facebook. “APL THE EMERGENCY UPON US TODAY IN SW FLORIDA WHERE IAN HIT … YOU ARE CLUELESS. I find this in extremely poor taste.”

For its part, Luna’s campaign said this is chiefly a matter of bad timing.

“These fundraising mailers were ordered and scheduled weeks ago,” said Luna consultant James Blair. “They are scheduled very far in advance. The delivery timing by this particular contractor is unfortunate.”

Blair said Luna, in fact, has focused on helping with storm recovery since Ian made landfall in the state on Sept. 27. A glance at her Twitter feed shows she has posted fundraising appeals for Cajun Navy, a disaster relief fund, and has also participated in a supply drive for the organization. She has also announced endorsements and attended community events like National Night Out.

“Anna has been very focused on helping recovery efforts since the storm,” Blair said.

The controversial mailer doesn’t explicitly mention storm recovery, and the text bears a political message. It has a letter the mailer suggests to send to Luna, stating that CD 13 “needs an unwavering, America First, conservative Republican like you representing us in Washington.” The mailer then suggests donations of $50, $100, $250 of $2,900, the maximum legal donation to a campaign. A space is available to provide credit card information for a contribution.

Luna faces Democrat Eric Lynn in one of Florida’s most competitive congressional races this cycle.

Some voters have called a mailer for Anna Paulina Luna tasteless.

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].


  • Charles Satcher

    October 10, 2022 at 12:47 am

    No I’m not f****** kidding you at all okay I thought we’d be together we’re not tell that mother f***** to stop calling me and stop f****** with my phone okay you want to stay there with him people stay there I never thought people would drive him in between us like they have okay you stayed away you can’t call you can’t do nothing I’m done okay don’t tell me you love me anymore cuz I don’t want to hear it I’m out here and you go home you’re a little mailbox okay and tell your boy I don’t need no more videos of you getting f***** okay I know what’s going on out there okay so don’t bother yourself okay you don’t love me you never have you never will okay so you take care and do what you want to f****** do there okay

  • Charles Satcher

    October 10, 2022 at 12:48 am

    You never loved me you never did you don’t know what you did to me them four days when you left me out there at Wawa and just took off and I was so worried about you but I can see it was my mistake okay I see you getting my money soon I’m getting me a place and I am moving the f*** on tell your boy to stop sending videos to me of you and somebody else I’ve had it with that s***

  • Devrie Macias

    October 13, 2022 at 7:40 am

    Why don’t you tell the world about your step son that I had with Andy. Andy has a child with me. I will expose you.

  • Jan Whitlow

    October 13, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Jacob, I am flattered you posted this from my FB page as we need to get the truth out about APL. It is my sincere hope that voters will dig deep and research each candidate especially; we need quality leaders of integrity and honor; APL, in my opinion, lacks both. There is a lot to learn about here, too much to ALL be lies. To broadly put it (self made) drama follows APL more drama in DC we do.; she potentially will be the AOC on the Republican side if she gets in. How many restraining orders has she sent out so far? She’s still at it, I half expect one too as she’s still handing them out to her naysayers … last I heard it’s a free country and we still have free speech. Thank you again … God Bless America.

  • Jan Whitlow

    October 13, 2022 at 8:36 am

    Sorry about the typos … we do NOT need more drama in DC.

  • Anne Tyluna

    October 14, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Whem her dad passed, she asked for a campaign donation.
    This candidate cannot debate any competitors. She is the bottom of the barrel in this congressional race.

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