Republican US Rep. Carlos Gimenez Last quarter, he deserted his challengers for Florida’s 28th congressional district when he added $217,000 to his already sizable war chest through a mix of corporate, organizational and individual donations.
He also spent $142,000, the majority of which covered consulting fees. As of June 30, he had about $1.3 million left of the $1.8 million he had raised that cycle.
Around 100 people donated to Giménez in the second quarter. Several have deposited $5,800 – the cap of what candidates can accept from individual donors of $2,900 each for the primary and general election.
These included funded donations from billionaires Kenneth Fischer resident of Washington Fisher investments and his wife, Sherlyn Fisherand Philip and Patricia Frostthe namesake of Frost Science Aquarium & Planetarium in Miami.
Mayor of Pine Forest Joseph Corradino, private urban planner, donated $1,000 to Giménez. It did Richard Fainwho ceded as CEO of Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises in January after more than 30 years on the job.
As was the case in the first quarter of 2022Giménez’s biggest win was a $26,000 referral from a joint fundraising committee he serves on.
Likewise, several conservative political committees – including the former president Donald Trump’s Save Americawhich raked in $5,000 — turned out last quarter for the newcomer to Congress.
US Rep. Vern Buchanan donated another $5,000 through a affiliated political committee. The Home Depot gave the same.
Giménez paid $113,000 to 10 companies in Florida or Virginia for consulting services. Among his largest expenses was $42,000 paid to Alexandria Convert digitally for “digital consulting” and $40,000 for “fundraising consulting,” split among Miami residents Columbus Strategies and consultants Nikki Rapanoseach receiving $15,000, and RBF strategies from Tampa and Alexandria The Theodor Societywho received $6,000 and $4,000 respectively.
Giménez also sought advice on compliance, communications and strategy.
He spent around $18,000 on campaign activities. Of this, $5,800 was for travel and lodging expenses, $5,100 for sponsorships with the Miami-Dade and Monroe County Republican parties, $3,000 for meetings and meals, $2,300 for software, and $1,800 paid for digital campaign marketing.
Aside from paying a $10,440 race qualifying fee, the remainder of Giménez’s Q2 expenses covered general upkeep and donation processing fees.
Giménez faces three Republican primary opponents: a Spanish radio host, an actor, and a news anchor Carlo Garin, Jeremiah Schaffer and KW Muellerwho ran as a non-partisan candidate for Congress in 2020.
Garin added just enough money of his own to his campaign account in the second quarter to cover the qualifying fee. His only outside donation was a check for $500 from a retiree in Muleshoe, Texas Blanca Mendoza.
Mueller has no campaign activity to report yet and could be fined by the Federal Elections Commission if they fail to meet the quarterly filing deadline.
Schaffer, who waived the qualifying fee payment to instead run as a write-in candidate, continued a streak he began in the first quarter of 2022 by not collecting anything in the final quarter. He still has nearly $27,000 available to do so ahead of the runway-feeling primaries.
Two Democrats are also running in the district.
There is a retired Miami-Dade County public school police captain and a former state assemblyman. Robert Ascenciowho loaned his campaign $10,440 to pay the qualifying fee and ran out of money late last month.
The other Democrat Juan Paredeswho applied for Congress on June 3, switched to CD 28 on June 14 and paid his qualifying fee on the same day, according to the division of the elections.
Aside from that, there are no documents on the FEC website detailing its campaign funding activities over the last quarter.
CD 28, added to reflect the 2020 census, is Florida’s southernmost county and includes a large southwestern portion of Miami-Dade County and all of Monroe County.
The primary elections will take place on August 23rd, followed by the general election on November 8th.