GOP, Dems' quarterly haul$
The Republican Party of Florida raised $2.2-million in the three months ending June 30, more than twice as much as the Florida Democratic Party's $1.06-million. RPOF's largest single contributor was New York investor Paul Singer, who donated $200,000. Associated Industries of Florida gave $100,000 to the GOP, while its CEO, Barney Bishop, made a $2,000 contribution to the Democratic Party.
Democrats took in $1.06 million, including $79,000 in refunds from the D.C. media firm Squier Knapp Dunn Communications. Akerman Senterfitt, the major domo law firm of, among many others, House Democratic Leader Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach) donated $12,500 to the Dems and $5,000 to the GOP.
The Jim Greer-led GOP took in money at twice the pace of the Democrats and spent more too. Reports show the Republican Party spent $2.8-million in the quarter compared to the Democrats' $900,000 (but that figure includes more than $530,000 that the state GOP transferred to its federal account, so the money is still there). Republicans outspent Democrats to capture three of four special legislative elections held during the fund-raising period, while Democrats spent at least $56,000 on direct mail and research in the District 49 House race in the important I-4 corridor, won by Democrat Darren Soto.