Matt Gaetz breaks $400K in February — for 2016 Senate race

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One campaign might be more than enough for a candidate to manage, but State Rep Matt Gaetz is more ambitious than that — he now has two races on his plate.

The Fort Walton Beach Republican is running  in 2016 for the Senate District 1 seat to succeed his father, Senate President Don Gaetz.

The race may still be more than two years away, but the younger Gaetz has already amassed $417,485 to date in his Senate campaign account, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

What’s more is this; since now State Rep. Jimmy Patronis announced he is dropping out of the SD 1 race (although he is still active in the DOE files), Gaetz is running unopposed and flush with cash.

During February, Gaetz collected $18,400 in the race for the seat covering Bay, Holmes, Jackson, Walton, Washington counties and part of Okaloosa counties.

Of the 88 total donations Gaetz collected last month, $1000 checks came from The Committee for Justice, Transportation and Business, Floridians for a Stronger Democracy, The Voice of Florida Business, healthcare companies Innovate Florida, Consulate Healthcare and Eleus Health Services, as well as the pharmaceutical manufacturer Alkermes.

General Electric, Publix Supermarkets, Walgreens and Scottsdale, Arizona-based First American Title Insurance Company are among the groups giving Gaetz $500 checks each.

At the same time, Gaetz is running this year (also unopposed) for his final term in House District 4. In that race, he has a total of $40,200 overall.

 

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.