Aaron Bean triples Erick Aguilar’s Q2 fundraiser in CD 4

Sen. Aaron’s Beanthe presumptive favorite for Florida’s 4th congressional district, more than tripled his opponent Eric Aguilarit is second quarter in the Republican primary, although Bean raised funds for only one month of the quarter.

Bean has raised over $346,800 during this time, and spent over $191,800. That leaves the campaign with $154,500 in hand at the start of July.

Aguilar’s cash advantage may not matter in the end, because he takes care of the fallout from the accusations he deliberately misled seniors and others in fundraising campaigns. The pitch gave the impression that the money would go to the former president donald trump or govt. Ron DeSantisbut instead went to Aguilar.

Currently, however, Aguilar leads all CD 4 Republican primary candidates with more than $764,800 in his campaign account, raising $109,348 and spending just over $154,522 in the second quarter. of 2022.

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Among Bean’s notable contributions was $2,900 from the Vice President of JAXUSA Gregory AndersonCEO of ABC Fine Wine and Spirits Charles Bailes IIIPresident of Ballard Partners Brian BallardPresident of the University of Jacksonville Timothy CostPresident of the Fiorentino Group Marty Fiorentinosen. George Gainersen. Travis Hutson and CEO of Gate Petroleum Thomas Rhodes. He also received $2,000 from the Jacksonville representative. Wyman Duggan.

Political action committees that donated to Bean included those of Rayonier Advanced Materials ($5,000), Florida Transportation Builders Association ($2,500), Florida East Coast Industries ($2,000) and JM Family Enterprises ($1,000 ).

The Bean campaign paid nearly $14,400 to Bascom Communications of Tallahassee for online consulting and development. As usual for campaigns further up the ballot, ad production and media buys soared.

The campaign spent $115,130 with Maryland-based company Mentzer Media Services for media buys, $19,000 with Consensus Media of Winter Park for media production and travel, and $10,000 with Georgia-based company The Stoneridge Group. for a media buy. The campaign went with the Fernandina Beach photographer Pam Bell for his photo services, which cost nearly $1,450.

Aguilar’s Accounts

Aguilar also raised $44,741 for his federal committee, defend freedombut transferred $40,000 on June 30 to his campaign account, leaving just over $333 in the committee’s account.

How Aguilar raised his money — in repeated donations of small dollars from people across the country through allegedly deceptive means — covered both the campaign and Defend Liberty. For example, a woman from South Carolina gave Defend Liberty between $5 and $25 on several occasions.

She had already donated over $200 prior to this reporting period. Then she sent contributions on April 24, 25, 26, 28 and 30; May 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21 and 28; ending with daily June 1-17.

She ended the reporting period with $791 in contributions to Defend Liberty.

In addition to transferring $40,000 to his campaign account, Aguilar used the Defend Liberty committee to pay $2,500 over three months to Coconut Creek’s WinRight Strategies.

The biggest group of disbursements from the campaign account went to Arkansas-based consulting firm Reed + Company – more than $71,260 in April, May and June. The company terminated its agreement with Aguilar after allegations about his fundraising practices came to light.

“We have never been involved in or endorsed any of the online fundraising strategies put in place by Nick Breton at WinRight Strategies and approved by Erick Aguilar”, Lance Watson, Florida director for Reed + Company, said at the time. “We were not made aware of the questionable email story until we read it on Friday morning.”

During the reporting period, the campaign paid WinRight nearly $57,800, as well as nearly $3,000 to OutKri Digital of Arkansas and just over $2,000 to AD Marketing of Jacksonville.

Also receive dollars

Health insurance contract analyst Jon Chubait is contributions for the quarter begin and end more or less with a combined total of $5,000 from a Jacksonville contractor. In total, Chuba raised $5,440 and spent around $1,524, ending the reporting period with over $9,600 in hand.

Democrats in the race — he is considered a safe Republican seat — are fundraising closer to Chuba’s numbers than GOP leaders. Former Sen. Tony Hill had just over $16,000 in hand in early July, more than double his fellow Democratic primary candidate LaShonda Hollowaywhich posted around $7,235 in hand.

Hill received nearly $32,700 in the quarter, spending nearly $16,600. Holloway received about $5,780 from April through June, spending nothing, according to his report.


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