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Senate campaigns of David Simmons, Lauren Book, George Gainer post impressive May fundraising reports

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George Gainer, Lauren Book and incumbent Sen. David Simmons continued to coast in fundraising last month according to newly filed campaign finance reports. Simmons raised $126,072 last month, which accounts for more than half of the money the Altamonte Springs Republican has raised since filing for re-election back in September. Among the 213 contributions were $1,000 checks from several companies associated with taxi company Mears Transportation Group alongside contributions from fellow driver services City Cab Company of Orlando and Yellow…

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Lauren Book hits another fundraising milestone in SD 33, with $1.2 million on-hand

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Campaign finance reports for candidates are due Jan. 11, but a sneak preview of Lauren Book’s numbers show that the Democratic state Senate hopeful has cleared a couple more milestones. Book raised more than $30,000 in December for a to-date total of about $505,000 for her campaign account. And that’s not counting the checks pouring into her committee, Leadership for Broward. The author and child advocate made waves when she entered the Senate District 33 race with more than $600,000 in…

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Lauren Book continues SD 33 winning streak, posting $68K in Oct. fundraising

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By most accounts, Lauren Book’s October fundraising would be considered a home run, coming in at $68,000, even as it is down a bit from the blockbuster $350,000 posted in September. According to newly released financial reports, Book – who is seeking the Senate District 33 seat — spent $7,186 in expenditures last month. Her performance leaves the first-time candidate with a robust $413,000 cash-on-hand. Most big-name lobbyists and consultants donated the maximum during September while The Rubin Group and its…

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Lauren Book posts blockbuster fundraising numbers in Senate race

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It’s been six weeks since Lauren Book announced she would run for termed-out state Sen. Eleanor Sobel’s Senate District 33 seat, and her first campaign finance report showed quite the haul. The author and advocate entered the race September 1 with more than $660,000 in committee money on-hand. September saw a $42,000 gain in committee money, with an astounding $354,974 in contributions to her campaign account, which can only accept contributions up to $1,000. Expenditures were minimal at $2,796. Cash…

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