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Darren Soto draws $42K in big checks in closing weeks of CD 9 race

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Democratic nominee Darren Soto has collected $42,200 in large checks for his bid to be elected in the Orlando-based Florida’s 9th Congressional District since he filed his last full campaign finance report stating he had raised $1 million overall and had $83,000 in the bank.
Soto’s opponent, Republican nominee Wayne Liebnitzky has neither the starting money nor any recent large contributions, according to 48-hour filing reports the campaigns must file on big checks since the Oct. 19 campaign finance reports were filed.
Soto, seeking to become Florida’s first Puerto Rican member of Congress and to succeed retiring Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando, has collected 19 four-figure checks since Oct. 19, mostly from labor, business, and congressional leadership PACs.
They’ve included $5,000 each from political action committees representing the Service Employees International Union and the International Association of Firefighters; and $2,500 from the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Nextera Energy, and the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers. He’s also gotten checks from a small handful of individuals, including $1,000 from retiring state Sen. Geraldine Thompson, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress herself in the neighboring Florida’s Congressional District 10, losing in the primary.
In addition, Soto is getting a little bit of outside help. The Immigrant Voters Win PAC reported, separately, it has invested $1,970 in mailers to support his election.
Liebnitzky’s Oct. 19 campaign finance report indicated he had raised $31,300 by that point and had $3,800 in the bank. He has not filed any 48-hour notices, indicating he has not received any four-figure checks in the last two weeks.
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Charlie Crist nets another $7K from lobbyists, Morgan & Morgan employees

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Former Gov. Charlie Crist reported another $7,000 in contributions in a new FEC filing Tuesday, including checks from a pair of Morgan & Morgan employees.
The donor roll included attorneys Adam Brum and Keith Carter of Morgan & Morgan, who gave $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. Crist took a job at Morgan & Morgan after his lone term as Florida governor ended in 2011.
Also in the filing were Tallahassee lobbyist Jeff Sharkey and Nicholas Herbach of Index Management Services, who each gave $1,000, as well as the American Federation of Government Employees PAC, which gave $2,500.
Crist is running in Florida’s 13th Congressional District against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly, who also filed a notice with the FEC Tuesday to report a $1,000 contribution from a PAC tied to Florida East Coast Industries.
Through Oct. 19 Jolly had brought in about $1.9 million and had about $160,000 of that money on hand, while Crist had raised about $1.5 million through Oct. 19 and had about $170,000 in his campaign account.
Since those reports, the candidates have been neck-and-neck, with each of them turning in new notices to the FEC on a daily basis.
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Old-guard money pouring in for John Mica in CD 7

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

The old guard of Orlando-Winter Park Republican politics is coming to the aid of U.S. Rep. John Mica in his hard-fought re-election battle, with tens of thousands of dollars pouring in the past few days for the 12-term incumbent in Florida’s 7th Congressional District.
The donations include one from Garry Jones, president of Full Sail University, the for-profit school to which Republican Mica’s Democratic opponent Stephanie Murphy has close ties.
Jones had previously contributed $2,700 to Mica in February, but that was long before his business partner’s daughter-in-law, Murphy, entered the race in late June. On Thursday Jones donated another $2,700 to Mica’s campaign, demonstrating a point Murphy had once made, that Full Sail’s leadership, long politically active and generous in Central Florida politics, is also bipartisan. Jones’ wife and Full Sail’s chief information officer, Isis Jones, also donated $2,700 to Mica on Thursday, adding to the $2,700 she donated to him in February.
They weren’t alone.
According to 48-hour notices the campaigns now must post with the Federal Elections Commission, since last Thursday Mica’s campaign pulled in $2,000 from Marcos Marchena; $1,000 from Frank Kruppenbacher; $1,500 from Robert Saltsman; $5,400 apiece from Orlando Magic Owner Richard DeVos, his wife Helen DeVos and at least $2,700 each from seven other members of the DeVos family; and $2,700 from Orlando timeshare mogul David Siegel;, all prominent Republicans in the Orlando community. Mica also got $5,000 from the JEB PAC of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
All totaled, Mica’s campaign attracted $44,400 since last Thursday, according to two 48-hour notices his campaign has filed.
Murphy’s campaign has filed only one 48-hour notice so far. It showed $13,800 in donations, including $1,000 from former Florida Sen. Daryl Jones and $5,400 from the Service Employees International Union Committee On Political Education.
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Labor, tourism, citrus money coming in for Victor Torres in SD 15 race

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Democratic state Rep. Victor Torres‘s bid for a promotion to Florida Senate District 15 is getting the financial blessing of several big Orlando business interests, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
Torres, who is facing Republican Peter Vivaldi, received thousands of dollars in the last two weeks of September from interests representing the Walt Disney Co., Mears Transportation, the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, beer distributors, and several unions, along with several thousand dollars in citrus agriculture money.
Torres had a tough primary battle and spent almost all of his campaign money to date prior to the Aug. 30 primary, but in the last two weeks of September he brought in $30,429, giving him about $34,000 heading into October for the final push toward the Nov. 8 general election.
Vivaldi, a youth minister and businessman, raised $4,725 in the final weeks of September, giving him $17,000 in the bank heading into the last month of the election campaign. Vivaldi did not have a primary opponent.
They’re running to replace state Sen. Darren Soto, a Democrat from Orlando who is running for U.S. Congress rather than re-election. SD 15 covers south Orange County and part of northern Osceola County.
Among Torres’s latest contributions were five $1,000 checks from labor union political action committees; four from various Disney entities; four from beer distributors’ interests; two from Mears entities; two from the AMSCOT pay-day lending company; one from the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, and one from Isle of Capri Casinos. He also received four $500 checks from various PACs representing Southern Gardens Citrus holdings, and one from the Orlando Magic.
Vivaldi’s big, recent contribution also was agriculture-related, $1,000 from the Florida Farm PAC, plus another $250 from the Orange County Farm Bureau.
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Gold cards and red hats: A Trumpian approach to fundraising

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Donald Trump is underwriting his presidential bid by selling the Donald Trump lifestyle — and campaign finance records show it is working.
For the low price of $25, you can snag a Trump Gold Card emblazoned with your name or join a campaign “Board of Directors” that comes with a personalized certificate. For $30, grab one of Trump’s signature red hats — billed as “the most popular product in America.” Supporters can elevate themselves to “big league” by ponying up $184 for a signed, “now out of print” copy of Trump’s book, “The Art of the Deal.”
There’s a catch to some of these merchandising claims. There is no evidence the board of directors exists. “The Art of the Deal” is still in print, available for $9.34 in paperback. And the new campaign edition of the book is signed by an autopen, not Trump, as noted in the solicitation’s fine print.
Regardless, the appeals have paid off.
Through the end of July, people giving $200 or less made up about half of his campaign funds, according to fundraising reports through July. For Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, those small gifts accounted for about 19 percent.
The two candidates each claim over 2 million donors, but Trump has been fundraising in earnest for only about three months, compared to Clinton’s 17-month operation. Both are expected to report the details of their August fundraising to federal regulators on Tuesday.
“His brand appeals to quite a number of people,” said John Thompson, digital fundraising director for Ted Cruz‘s Republican presidential campaign. “It’s smart for him to use it for fundraising. The celebrity factor builds a natural donor community on its own, without him having to do too much.”
Hyperbolic campaign marketing is a natural fit for Trump, who has puffed up the value of what he sold throughout his business career.

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Donald Trump signed improper charity check supporting Pam Bondi

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Donald Trump‘s signature, an unmistakable if nearly illegible series of bold vertical flourishes, was scrawled on the improper $25,000 check sent from his personal foundation to a political committee supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Charities are barred from engaging in political activities, and the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign has contended for weeks that the 2013 check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation was mistakenly issued following a series of clerical errors. Trump had intended to use personal funds to support Bondi’s re-election, his campaign said.
So, why didn’t Trump catch the purported goof himself when he signed the foundation check?
Trump lawyer Alan Garten offered new details about the transaction to The Associated Press on Thursday, after a copy of the Sept. 9, 2013, check was released by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Garten said the billionaire businessman personally signs hundreds of checks a week, and that he simply didn’t catch the error.
“He traditionally signs a lot of checks,” said Garten, who serves as in-house counsel for various business interests at Trump Tower in New York City. “It’s a way for him to monitor and keep control over what’s going on in the company. It’s just his way. … I’ve personally been in his office numerous times and seen a big stack of checks on his desk for him to sign.”
The 2013 donation to Bondi’s political group has garnered intense scrutiny because her office was at the time fielding media questions about whether she would follow the lead of Schneiderman, who had then filed a lawsuit against Trump University and Trump Institute. Scores of former students say they were scammed by Trump’s namesake get-rich-quick seminars in real estate.
Bondi, whom the AP reported in June personally solicited the $25,000 check from Trump, took no action. Both Bondi and Trump say their conversation had

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Peter Schorsch: Team Marco conjures fundraising win via news release hocus-pocus

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

On one level – the level of the conniving campaign operative who will do anything to score a great headline during a news cycle – one has to admire the chutzpah and financial misdirection that Team Marco pulled off last week.
Relying on the mad alchemy of misstatement and perfect timing, Rubio fed the press-inflated campaign fundraising numbers for Q3 and then released real numbers after the press hit the Happy Hour bar.
As a result, many major news outlets are reporting that although Bush out-raised Rubio more than 2 to 1, Marco has more campaign cash-on-hand for the primary battle than Jeb.
That, however, is false. In fact, it’s not just false, it’s a remarkably shortsighted and cynical tactic given that it plays into the larger narrative that Rubio, on both a personal and professional level, sucks when it comes to understanding finances and managing money.
We all know about Rubio’s financial foibles in his personal life. Despite lucrative book deals and a cushy university teaching job, Rubio has a miniscule net worth but impulsively buys an expensive fishing boat and cashes out his $70,000 retirement account to acquire a $3,000 refrigerator.
(Q: What does Marco’s net worth and his refrigerator have in common? A: They’re both Sub-Zero.)
Even though he was making $90,000 a year he was forced to live in his mother-in-law’s house. He flirted with foreclosure when he co-owned a Tallahassee home with David Rivera that was ultimately sold at a loss.
Remarkably, he has turned this type of reckless fiscal misadventure into a campaign positive, showing that he is in touch with the common man who also presumably lives paycheck-to-paycheck and buys cool powerboats instead of funding boring IRAs. His tribal-level pitch goes something like this: Bro, like you I suck at managing money, so given that we have that common bond

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