State Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, has announced he intends to run for chief financial officer in a primary against appointed incumbent Jimmy Patronis, but hasn't yet filed, and also hasn't yet restarted fundraising after having to shut down for the legislative session.
That has allowed Patronis to edge ahead of Lee in fundraising.
Patronis has announced raising $463,000 during March — $178,585 in his campaign and $285,200 in his political committee, Treasure Florida. That gives him a total of roughly $2.5 million cash on hand in both funds.
Lee, meanwhile, reported raising no money for the month for either his committee, The Conservative, or his campaign – he's still technically filed for re-election to his Senate seat.
He already had about $2.3 million cash in his accounts before he stopped fundraising during the legislative session.
Since the session, Lee has been enmeshed in the final days of the work of the Constitutional Revision Commission. He didn't return messages for comment on the March figures.
Meanwhile, at least two Republican state House members who would like to run for Lee's Senate seat, Shawn Harrison and Danny Burgess, are waiting on Lee to file for CFO before making their moves.