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.