RPOF support puts Jeff Brandes SD 22 campaign over $1.35M

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With more than $815K in direct donations and $542K of in-kind campaign support, State Sen. Jeff Brandes reports over $1.35 million through Oct. 30, giving him the title of the most money amassed in a Florida Senate race.

During the final reporting period of Oct. 18-30, Brandes added another $70,070 in contributions and $63,058 in-kind to his campaign for Senate District 22. In addition, the St. Petersburg Republican spent a whopping $123,974 in expenditures, for a total campaign price tag of $620,505 — more than double the amount his opponent raised in her entire campaign.

Brandes faces Democrat Judithanne McLauchlan, who during the same final reporting period took in $23,886 – with another $3,700 from the Florida Democratic Party for campaign staff support.

The University of Florida St. Petersburg political science professor raised $307,733 in contributions.

Brandes also dominates in cash on hand for the lead-in to Nov. 4; with $195K in the bank to finish his campaign — more than 60 percent of what McLauchlan raised in total.

In comparison, McLauchlan’s campaign cost her almost $283K so far, leaving her with just under $25,000.

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