Potential Democratic governor candidate flexes some fundraising muscle in July

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine (top) and declared Democratic governor candidates (from left) Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham and Chris King.

A political committee headed by Miami Beach Mayor and potential Florida governor candidate Philip Levine appears to have raised more money in July than the PACs of each of the three declared Democratic candidates in the 2018 governor’s race.

Levine’s All About Florida committee collected about $500,000 during the month, with “close to half” coming from contributors and the remainder from Levine himself, consultant Christian Ulvert said.

Official Florida Division of Elections finance reports for candidates and committees aren’t due until Thursday.

Levine is weighing a Democratic run for governor — but he’s also dropped hints about a no-party candidacy. All About Florida began July with more than $4.4 million in cash on hand. Before July, Levine had contributed $2.575 million of his own money to the committee.

Declared candidates will file finance reports later this week for their main campaigns and affiliated committees. The committees separately must log contributions within five days of receiving them, so a July fundraising picture is beginning to come into focus.

• Rise And Lead Florida, a committee that supports businessman Chris King‘s Democratic campaign for governor, raised $140,000 in July, according to its website. It began July with about $500,000 in cash on hand.

• Our Florida, a committee that backs former Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham for governor, raised $128,000 in July, according to the committee’s website. It began the month with $1.6 million in the bank. Graham’s campaign also announced that it raised more than $220,000 during the month.

• Forward Florida, the committee supporting Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum‘s Democratic gubernatorial bid, has reported only a $10,000 contribution during July after starting the month with about $300,000 cash on hand.

 

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