Andrew Gillum was outspent by his four main rivals in the Florida Democratic primary for governor, but a flurry of post-primary contributions have given Gillum an early money advantage over Republican nominee Ron DeSantis.
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Tallahassee Mayor Gillum an affiliated political committee raised more than $4 million in the three days after Gillum’s stunning Aug. 28 primary victory, according to reports filed Friday with the Florida Division of Elections. U.S. Rep. DeSantis, meanwhile, raised only $521,880 in the same period.
Gillum began September with more than $4.2 million in cash on hand for the governor’s race while DeSantis had $1.5 million.
Gillum spent about $6.7 million on his primary campaign while his rivals combined to spend nearly $100 million. Gillum did, however, benefit late in the campaign from spending by outside groups, including a $3.5 million effort by People For the American Way and other liberal groups.
From Aug. 29 to Aug. 31, Gillum’s campaign raised $1.7 million and his Forward Florida committee collected $2.3 million. The committee got $1 million from the Democratic Governors Association and $1 million from hedge fund manager Donald Sussman.
During the same period, the DeSantis campaign raised $275,880 and an affiliated committee raised $246,000. The committee’s biggest receipt was $100,000 from a PAC associated with the Florida Chamber of Commerce.