Carlos Giménez dominates the CD 28 fundraising field with $217,000 raised in the second quarter

Republican US Rep. Carlos Gimenez left his challengers for Florida’s 28th congressional district in the dust last quarter, when he added $217,000 to his already sizable war chest through a mix of donations from businesses, organizations and individuals .

He also spent $142,000, the majority of which covered consulting fees. As of June 30, he had about $1.3 million left of the $1.8 million he had raised this round.

About 100 people donated to Giménez in the second quarter. Many have contributed $5,800 – the upper limit of what candidates can accept from individual donors, equivalent to $2,900 each for the primary and general elections.

This included the billionaire’s maximum donations Kenneth Fisher from washington Fisher Investments and his wife, Sherrylyn Fisherand Philip and Patricia Frostthe namesakes of Frost Science Aquarium & Planetarium in Miami.

Mayor of Pinecrest Joseph Corradino, an urban planner in private life, gave Giménez $1,000. So done Richard Fainwho resigned as CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, headquartered in Miami, in January, after more than 30 years of service.

As was the case in the first quarter of 2022Giménez’s biggest gain was a transfer of $26,000 from a joint fundraising committee on which he sits.

Similarly, several conservative political committees – including the former president Save America from Donald Trumpwho donated $5,000 – turned out for the freshman congressman last quarter.

Rep. Vern Buchanan donated an additional $5,000 through a affiliated political committee. The Home Depot gave the same.

Giménez paid $113,000 to 10 companies in Florida or Virginia for consulting services. His largest expenses included $42,000 paid to an Alexandria-based company Convert digital for “digital consulting” and $40,000 for “fundraising consulting,” split between Miami Strategies Columbus and consultant Nikki Rapanoseach of which got $15,000, and RBF Strategies from Tampa and Alexandria The Theodore Companywho received $6,000 and $4,000 respectively.

Giménez also requested consultation for compliance, communications and strategy.

He spent about $18,000 on campaign activities. Of this amount, $5,800 covered travel and accommodation, $5,100 paid for sponsorships with Republican parties in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, $3,000 went to meetings and food , $2,300 paid for software and $1,800 funded digital campaign marketing.

In addition to paying a $10,440 qualifying fee for the race, Giménez’s remaining expenses in the second quarter covered general maintenance costs and donation processing fees.

Giménez faces three Republican Primary opponents: Spanish radio host, actor and news anchor Carlos Garin, Jeremiah Schaffer and KW Millerwho ran for Congress in 2020 as a non-party candidate.

Garin added just enough of his own money to his campaign account in the second quarter to cover qualifying fees. His only outside donation was a check for $500 from a retiree based in Muleshoe, Texas. Blanca Mendoza.

Miller has has not yet reported any campaign activity and could be fined by the Federal Election Commission for failing to meet the quarterly filing deadline.

Schaffer, who waived paying the qualifying fee to instead run as a write-in candidate, continued a streak he started in the first quarter of 2022 collecting nothing in the last quarter. He still has nearly $27,000 to spend with less and less track to do so before the primary election.

Two Democrats are also running in the district.

There’s a retired Miami-Dade County Public Schools police captain and a former state representative. Robert Ascencewho loaned his campaign $10,440 to pay qualifying fees and ran out of money at the end of last month.

The other Democrat John Paredesfiled to run for Congress on June 3, moved to CD 28 on June 14, and paid his qualifying fee the same day, according to the Elections Division.

Other than that, no documents have been posted on the FEC’s website detailing its campaign finance activities over the past quarter.

CD 28, which was added to reflect the 2020 census, is Florida’s southernmost district and encompasses much of southwestern Miami-Dade County and all of Monroe County.

The primary election will take place on August 23, followed by the general election on November 8.

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Jack L. Goldstein