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February 6, 2016

Sink Tops Jolly in Florida Special-Election Fundraising

Former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink raised $1.3 million in the last month and a half for the highly competitive March 11 special in Florida’s 13th District.

The Democrat’s whopping fundraising total from Jan. 1 to Feb. 19 doubled that of her Republican opponent, lobbyist David Jolly, who brought in $639,000. Both reports were stocked with donations from members of Congress hoping to add to their respective parties’ ranks ahead of the midterms.

Sink, who has raised more than $2.5 million overall for the race, had $972,000 in cash on hand for the remainder of the campaign, while Jolly was left with $182,000. Pre-special-election fundraising reports were due to the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.

Outside groups have funneled millions of dollars into the race, which is being held to succeed the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died in October.

The National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have each spent more than $1 million seeking to boost their respective candidate into the seat. Other groups such as the Chamber of Commerce, the National Rifle Association, House Majority PAC and others have also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising in the race.

On Thursday, the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club became the latest outside groups to spend on TV advertising in the race, jointly spending $350,000 on an ad attacking Jolly’s stance on climate change.

Florida’s 13th District is rated a Tossup by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Ronald W. Mann

    She is collecting fees from all the maids and gardeners in Florida

  • Rich-3

    can you imagine a republican saying that and still left standing?

  • sentry1

    So Sink is leading in special interest money. No big surprises here.

  • bobw-66554432

    Money from outside sources is evil say the Democrats. Unless it is from other Democrats for Democrats.

  • ranroddeb

    Jolly has recently taken a slight lead in the polls despite less money.

  • Rob

    Not true, that one poll your referring to was commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Pro-Jolly) and he was only up by 2%. Well within the 4.9% margin of error. All other polls has Sink up, including the recent St. Pete Poll which Jolly had led on before two weeks ago.

  • ranroddeb

    So I guess you think it’s in the bag for Sink? Dream on.

  • Rob

    Incorrect, i’m just stating a fact that there are more accurate polls to go by. I don’t think it is in the bag for Sink, especially with the stupid comments she recently said with regards to immigration. She opened up a credible attack that could mirror her “caught cheating in a debate” scandal during the 2010 Governor’s race (Also during the final week of a campaign). She could very well lose. She is a horrible candidate and lacks the charisma to attract voters. Jolly connects better with the voter and we saw that immediately when he jumped to a slight lead after the primary. However as of right now she has a slight 5% lead with votes already cast according to the St. Pete Poll as of Feb. 25 and Jolly leads with voters who have yet to vote. Sink has a razor thin lead of 3% when you average all the recent February polls together (not including the bias Braun research poll which had Sink up by 7%). My problem with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll is that its bias towards one side and the Libertarian candidate was not included in the poll. Lucas Overby has been polling anywhere from 4%-6% and he plays a major factor in spoiling this race.

  • Jose Rodriguez

    Whether or not someone imposes their will upon someone else is an issue much different from whether or not we can choose wisely among the options before us.

  • Oak Ridge Curmudgeon

    This reinforces a recent report ranking the Koch Bros 59th among political donors, far behind Dems and Public Sector Unions (but I repeat myself)…

  • jaleh

    It’s amazing that old people (I am old too) want the money coming to them from the government, but don’t want to give any back. This district has been receiving money from government through Bill Young for 42 years, and yet they are anti-government…isn’t that called people with no conscience?

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