Mike Clelland’s strong fundraising numbers indicate race vs. Scott Plakon will be a bruiser

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In 2012, incumbent State Rep. Scott Plakon was narrowly unseated by challenger Karen Castor Dentel; meanwhile, challenger-turned-Representative Mike Clelland defeated Republican incumbent and future House Speaker Chris Dorworth.

In 2014, Plakon and Clelland will square off for House District 29, this time with Clelland on the defense. 

But looking simply at cumulative first and second quarter fundraising totals, Rep. Clelland shows no sign of backing down quietly, outraising Plakon by $19,231.   Clelland, a Democrat, raised $56,281, leaving him with all but $13.25 in the bank, while Plakon brought in $37,050 and spent $2,073.

A closer look at their campaign finance reports shows that Clelland’s leg up in fundraising came from a larger base of donors. Clelland’s 217 donors contributed an average of $259, while Plakon’s 122 donors contributed an average of $304.  Just over 17 percent of Plakon’s donors are based in Tallahassee, and the same is true for about 9 percent of Clelland’s.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.