Randy Fine reports record month of fundraising ahead of Session

Fine, Randy
The Senate hopeful has nearly $800k in cash reported, and says there's more.

State Rep. Randy Fine already amassed a solid war chest for his bid for state Senate. Now he’s hoping a nearly-$1 million supply of campaign resources deters anyone else running for the open seat.

“I am overwhelmed by the historic level of support I received in the first full month of my race for the Florida Senate,” the Palm Bay Republican said.

“From our extraordinary kickoff fundraiser enthusiastically hosted by the Brevard Zoo, to the historic level of support from so many donors, it’s clear to me that #ItsGoingToBeFine.”

The bulk of pre-Session fundraising for Fine came through his political committee, Friends of Randy Fine. In the month of February, the campaign reported $231,900 in new contributions.

That’s the biggest one-month haul ever for the committee in terms of outside donations since it opened in 2016 to support Fine’s first House bid.

A significant amount of that money comes from influential political committees in Tallahassee. That includes $25,000 alone from the Associated Industries of Florida.

The medical industry made its support for Fine well known, with $15,000 from the Florida Medical Association PAC reported, and the OD-EYEPAC, the political arm of the Florida Optometric Association, sent in checks totaling $17,500 in February. PhRMA, a committee advocating for the pharmaceutical industry, gave $7,500.

A number of health care companies also wrote checks to the committee. Melbourne-based Clear Choice Health Care donated $10,000 to the committee, as did Centene Management Group and Genuine Health Group. Morse Life Good Government, a political committee tied to MorseLife Health Care, also gave $10,000.

Fine serves this Session as the House Health & Human Services Committee chair.

Other major donations came from The Bellini Family Office, a Tampa-based private equity firm, which gave $10,000.

The committee, in part due to a $500,000 candidate loan sitting in coffers since Fine launched the political committee seven years ago, held $728,901 in cash on hand as of the close of February.

Besides the fundraising by the committee, Fine also raised $54,475 in his candidate account, bringing total fundraising there to $66,125 since he launched his Senate campaign in January. Most of that remains in the bank, with Fine reporting $65,435 in the cash till ready to spend as of the end of February.

Combined with the committee, Fine has $794,336 to dispatch. For the moment, he remains the only candidate filed for the Senate District 19 open seat. Incumbent Sen. Debbie Mayfield is termed out.

A press release from Fine’s campaign suggests there’s more money ready to report soon. While lawmakers cannot raise money during the Legislative Session, there was a week of March before lawmakers were gaveled in on March 7.

“Once March pre-session contributions are reported, Fine will have almost $1 million in cash on hand between his campaign and political committee,” reads a press release from the campaign.

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].


  • Mr. Haney

    March 13, 2023 at 8:38 am

    Why can’t Republicans serve their terms and then get back to actually working for a living instead of living of the taxpayers?

  • JD

    March 13, 2023 at 5:18 pm

    Who is donating to this guy and why? Someone should “follow the money”.

    While doing that, we should talk about his Interchange to nowhere and his gay love bugs. And don’t forget his lack of district residency and those Robocalls – everyone loves Robocalls Randy.

    Zero governance from the guy.

    • Rob Desantos

      March 20, 2023 at 3:07 pm

      Too bad there’s nobody to do effective opposition research in a one-party state. Randy Fine should be radioactive, instead he’s a rising star, because Florida.

      • One more

        March 25, 2023 at 3:17 am

        Maybe he will eat himself to death and die from diabetes.

      • Rrevard Rounty

        March 25, 2023 at 8:50 am

        If I had a business in Brevard county, I’d rename it starting with a R. Rublix, RalMart, RillageInn. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or not, people will pick it if there’s an R in front of it. Fine, Ivey, all the unqualified judges and school board members. What a joke, but people keep voting these grifters in.

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