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Flores reports $150k haul

Miami Republican Rep. Anitere Flores is sending out an email to supporters, etc., boasting that she raised $150k in three weeks*** in her race for Sen. D-38. Not a bad haul. But now that there's no legislative session (during which fundraising is banned) she still has some catch-up to do to keep her competitive with Miami Rep. David Rivera.

At the end of last quarter, Rivera had raised $236k and spent $3k. Flores, who started running just before session, had raised just $9k. Rep. Marcelo Llorente's leaving of the race should make the contest a little clearer.

The conventional wisdom: Flores needs less money than Rivera because most of her House district is in the Senate district. Being female helps as well. Rivera wouldn't disclose how much he has raised this past quarter, but sounded confident.

“I hope Anitere does well this quarter because for every dollar she raises now I’ll receive two or three from most of those folks next quarter,” Rivera said

Here's Flores' email:

Dear Friends & Family,

The first fundraising quarter for our campaign for the Florida Senate came to a close this week.  Thanks to all of your support and generosity, we exceeded all expectations and raised more than $150,000 in just 53 days!  Even more significant are the hundreds of phone calls and emails we received from so many of you, offering your time and eager to join our campaign.

You will hear it said that political races are won only by money – we know that is NOT TRUE! Nothing can beat hard work and my unwavering commitment to representing your best interests in Tallahassee – That will be what ultimately decides this campaign! 

Very importantly, we have the home team advantage: as the State Representative for District 114 I currently serve the largest portion of Senate District 38. Since my election in 2004 my team and I have worked tirelessly to constantly reflect your values and respond to your concerns. That is because this is my home too! It is where I have always lived.  Many personal milestones have taken place here including my high school and college graduations, my wedding and the birth of my son.  I am so honored to be your neighbor, your co-worker and your fellow parishioner. 

You, my friends and family, have helped lead me to victory before, and I know that together we will do it again!  Thank you for your constant support. 

Sincerely, 

Anitere

***Error mine. It is 53 days. MC

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 4:50pm]

    

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