Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Justice Leads 2nd Quarter Fundraising for SD 16

Rep. Charlie Justice, who has been tagged in the past as a lackluster fundraiser, out performed both Republican candidates. With $55,930 in hard money contributions, plus in-kind contributions totalling $19,461.69 for the quarter beginning April 1 and ending June 30.

Republican Rep. Frank Farkas raised a comparatively unimpressed $24,733.89, with only $208.50 in in-kind contributions - less than half his first quarter totals - though he still has an impressive $342,221.30 in total contributions.

Rep. Kim Berfield raised a more impressive $342,221.30 (plus $500 in-kind). She still leads all candidates in with $427,878.50 rasied. That number is bolstered by a staggering $159,714.50 rasied in the third quarter of 2005. She has failed to raise even a third of that amount since, but it has given her the largest warchest of any of the three.

Justice has only rasied $109,780 in total - though, until the last quarter, had the lowest expenditures of the three.

All numbers are courtesy of the Florida Division of Elections.


At 7/11/2006 08:56:00 PM, Blogger Jim Johnson said...

The difference between Justice's, Farkas's, and Berfield's totals will be seen on September 6th.

Farkas & Berfield will be at about $0... Justice will have at least $100,000... probably closer to $200,000 by then.

At 7/12/2006 12:09:00 PM, Blogger Campaign Manager said...

I agree (disclaimer - I'm a big fan of Charlie), but the Republican nominee will benefit by the greater exposure that all their money bought and they may be able to refill their coffers very quickly by hitting their max donors for a second donation after the primary.

But the truth is, both parties will be spending huge sums on this race - so money will not be as much an issue as fans of Charlie who were nervous about his fundraising abilities might have feared.

That said, it is nice to see that his increased number of fundraising events have paid off.


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