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Donkeys out-raise Elephants

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From the Buzz: Here’s a switch: The Florida Democratic Party outraised the state GOP in the three months that ended June 30, $1.19-million to $1.16. That’s the first time that’s happened in a second quarter since 1996, when the Division of Elections started putting the records online.

Both parties still spent more than they took in (including $250,000 in American Express charges the RPOF), though the GOP’s numbers included $400,000 transferred to its federal account.

Democrats counted 1,740 donations and Republicans 224. The Democrats’ biggest single donor was Charles Brink of Tampa, co-founder of the Mona Vie drink company, who gave $100,000, and the DNC gave the state party $76,000. The Republicans’ biggest single donor was TECO, which gave $70,000.

On3PR has again put together a handy spread sheet of all the state candidates’ campaign finance numbers.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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