Even without April fundraising, Jeff Brandes still dominating money race in SD 22

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Even without any donations in April, state Sen. Jeff Brandes continues to overwhelm in his re-election effort, despite his Democratic opponent having the best fundraising month ever.

By Florida law, incumbents are prohibited to fundraise while the Legislature is in session, which in 2014 was March 4 through May 2.

The St. Petersburg Republican so far collected a total of $409,465 for the campaign to retain his Senate District 22 seat, which covers southern Pinellas and part of Hillsborough County. He spent $29,539 on his campaign in April. This leaves Brandes with just over $220,000 cash-on-hand.

Brandes’ Democratic challenger, USF St. Petersburg political science professor Judithanne McLauchlan, raised only $19,838 last month — the best single month of her campaign—giving her a total of $82,402, and $58,430 cash-on-hand.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.