Going inside the numbers of top House fundraisers

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Yesterday we reported on the top fundraisers in the House, including surprise newcomer Halsey Beshears, a Republican in Monticello running for House District 7.

Here’s a bit more – the top 10, if you will:

The quarter’s top fund-raiser  Beshears, who collected $108,268 as he tries to win the redrawn House District 7, which includes all or parts of 10 North Florida counties.

He was followed by two Republicans seeking House seats from Northeast Florida. District 24 candidate Travis Hutson, who lives in St. Johns County, raised $70,675, while District 18 candidate Travis Cummings of Orange Park raised $66,226.

Other Republican candidates in the top 10 were Heather Fitzenhagen of Fort Myers, with $65,377; incumbent Rep. Scott Plakon, with $53,511; and Dane Eagle of Cape Coral, with $50,570.

Among Democrats, the top fund-raisers were District 49 candidate Joe Saunders of Orlando, with $55,731, and District 21 candidate Aaron Bosshardt of Gainesville, with $54,845.

Other Democrats in the top 10 were Jonah Wolfson of Miami Beach, with $49,625, and David Kerner of Lake Worth, with $46,020.

With the exception of Plakon and Eagle, none of the quarter’s top fund-raisers had reported receiving earlier contributions. That leaves them far behind many incumbents, who raised money throughout 2011.

The top overall House fund-raiser is incoming Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, who collected $24,650 during the quarter and brought his total to $421,800.

Two other Republicans in line to become future speakers, Chris Dorworth of Lake Mary and Richard Corcoranof New Port Richey, also are among the top House fund-raisers. Dorworth has raised a total of $250,995, while Corcoran has raised $201,062.

Information from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.

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