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Jeff Brandes funds state Senate re-election campaign $200K of his own money

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes has given $200,000 toward his own re-election, May fundraising reports show.

His latest numbers, posted Friday, also show that Brandes pulled in another $32,000 in contributions for the month.

That brings the St. Petersburg Republican’s total raised to nearly $480,000 for this year’s election.

He has cash-on-hand of more than $310,000.

As of Friday, he is running unopposed. His area has been considered a swing district.

“This contribution reflects Senator Brandes’ continued commitment to serving his constituents and marks over $850,000 contributed by himself to his election efforts since 2010,” said Chris Spencer, his campaign manager.

Brandes’ last election in 2014 had him pulling off a win against Democratic political science professor Judithanne McLauchlan.

Senators typically serve four-year terms, but this upcoming election was required because of a court-mandated redistricting that redrew the state Senate district boundaries.

Other May contributions include $1,000 from the Florida CPA political committee and $1,000 from The Fiorentino Group, a Jacksonville-based lobbying firm.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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