Sunshine Sate News – Allison Nielsen
Florida’s Senate races reeled in the dough for the month of May, and politicos statewide were getting busy raising big money for their campaigns. With only five months left until the November general election, candidates are gearing up to a big summer of fundraising, and the numbers are just heating up.
Individual contributions are limited to $1,000 per individual for Senate campaign races. The following fundraising totals are from individual contributions and do not include candidate political committees.
Here’s a look at which candidates raised the most money during the month of May:
Jeff Brandes, SD-24
Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, raised the most money in May out of all candidates running for the Florida Senate.
Brandes raised $233,000 for his re-election campaign last month, with a significant chunk of his campaign cash coming from one donor: himself. Brandes funneled $200,000 into his own re-election campaign during the month of May.
Brandes had several donations come from insurance companies and from businesses, many of which were located in St. Petersburg.
As of this article’s publishing, Brandes has raised nearly $480,000 with more than $310,000 cash on hand.