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Dana Young raises $150K in March for Senate re-election

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Tampa Republican Sen. Dana Young was among the handful of Florida senators to only win a 2-year term during the 2016 election cycle.

She hasn’t wasted any time gearing up for her 2018 re-election.

Young, who bested Democrat Bob Buesing in the SD 18 race last November, brought in more than $150,000 last month between her campaign and political committee accounts.

The bulk of the money was raised through her political committee, “Friends of Dana Young,” including $10,000 checks from Altria Clients Services and Innovate Florida, the political committee run by future Senate President and Bradenton Republican Sen. Bill Galvano.

A slew of other donors, including Disney, Wal-Mart and the Florida Retail Federation, chipped in at the $5,000 level, leaving the committee with $120,500 raised in the week leading up to the 2017 Legislative Session.

Lawmakers are barred from raising money during Session, which this year began on March 7.

Young also brought in $30,392 for her campaign account, including 26 checks for the maximum campaign donation of $1,000.

Maxed-out donors in March include three Disney subsidiaries, Airbnb, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Anheuser-Busch. Innovate Florida also came in with a $1,000 check for Young’s campaign account.

After $2,200 in expenditures, Young had just under $78,000 on hand in her campaign account and another $357,000 in her campaign account.

Young is currently the only candidate filed for the SD 18 seat in 2018.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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