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Carlos Beruff puts in $8M of own money in quest to win Senate seat

Carlos Beruff

Miami Herald

Carlos Beruff



In his longshot bid for the U.S. Senate, Manatee County homebuilder Carlos Beruff has loaned his campaign more than $8 million and donated another $151,000, new campaign finance reports released by the Federal Election Commission show.

From July 1 to Aug 10, Beruff loaned his campaign 3.9 million. That is in addition to $4.1 million he loaned his campaign from the time it started in February through June 30.

Beruff has raised just $30,000 from other donors.

The  $8.2 million so far from Beruff is short of his earlier projections to spend between $10 million to $15 million to win the seat. Beruff, however, is still not the nation’s top self-funded candidate of Congress this year. That title remains with David Trone, a Democrat who lost his primary race earlier this year for a U.S. House seat in Maryland, despite spending $10 million of his own money on the race, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Beruff is the top U.S. Senate self-funder in the 2016 cycle.

For the total campaign Beruff has raised and loaned his campaign a total of $8.2 million and spent about $8.2 million - primarily on television ads. He had $300,000 left in his campaign account as of Aug. 10.

Beruff is trying to beat U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in the Aug. 30 primary. Rubio has reported raising $5.4 million since he jumped back into the U.S. Senate race in June. He spent just $760,000 as of Aug. 10, the newly released FEC reports show. That leaves him with $4.7 million cash on hand.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 10:56am]


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