CD 18 candidate Randy Perkins loans his campaign another $750,000

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Democratic CD 18 candidate Randy Perkins has put another $750,000 of his own money on the line in his primary battle to take over for Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, who is running for US Senate.

Perkins loaned his campaign the money Aug. 12, making for $3.75 million total self-funding so far. When he entered the race, the AshBritt founder reportedly told top Democratic congressional campaign operatives that he was willing to spend as much as $5 million of his own fortune on the campaign.

The political newcomer had more than $2.1 million on hand when he filed his second quarter numbers, putting him far ahead of primary opponent Jonathan Chane, who had about $240,000 on hand through June 30.

Chane’s only filing since the second quarter show $4,000 in contributions, including $1,500 from Palm Beach Gardens attorney Ira Sherman.

If he gets past Chane, Perkins will face the winner of the Republican Primary, which includes Brian MastRebecca NegronMarc Freeman and Carl Domino. Negron, the wife of incoming Senate President Joe Negron, currently leads the GOP pack in cash on hand with about $635,000 on hand as of June 30.

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