Two weeks ago, this blog shared the strong fundraising numbers by Sen. Joe Negron’s political committee relative to those reported by a political committee supporting Sen. Jack Latvala, his competition for the Senate presidency. Indeed, at the time, Latvala’s committee, “Florida Leadership Committee” showed a total of $1.4 million, while Negron’s “Treasure Coast Alliance” brought in $1.5 million.
But as Florida Senate leaders continue to raise funds and funnel cash into political committees and to allied campaigns, the story didn’t end there.
This quarter, Latvala’s committee has delivered a clear turnaround. Since Sine Die, the Florida Leadership Committee has pulled ahead, and has three times more cash on hand.
From May 2014 through August 22, the Treasure Coast Alliance has received $214,000 in contributions, while the Florida Leadership Committee has brought in about $742,000 — a difference of over a half a million dollars.
In total, Treasure Coast Alliance has a raised a total of $1.6 million, and Florida Leadership Committee, $1.63 million — a $30,752 difference.
Expenses are where the gap truly widens. Negron’s committee has spent $1.14 million to Latvala’s $295,420 — a difference of $847,291.
This means that in terms of cash on hand, the Treasure Coast Alliance is left with $457,339 compared to the Florida Leadership Committee, with $1.34 million — a difference of $878,043 in Latvala’s favor.
These figures do not include Latvala’s other ECO, “Working Together for FL.”