Orlando Democrat Anna Eskamani has passed the $300,000 mark in total fundraising for her campaign to succeed Republican Rep. Mike Miller in Orange County’s House District 47.
The new reports showed $9,075 in hard money fundraising and another $6,000 for her political committee, People Power for Florida. Those totals bring the former Planned Parenthood official up to $304,635 in total fundraising, with more than $222,000 banked on July 6.
Topping the donor roll for the two-week reporting period was retired attorney Brian Anderson of Orlando, who cut a $5,000 check to Eskamani’s committee on July 5. Chipping in at the $1,000 level were Tampa attorney Crystal Whitescarver and Orlando attorney Joel Leppard.
Spending totaled $6,390 and included $4,400 in payments to campaign staff as well as $918 in credit card processing fees, $416 in rent and $320 to Democratic voter information company NGP VAN.
Eskamani is one of four candidates vying to replace Miller, who is running in the Republican primary for Florida’s 7th Congressional District.
The most monied of her opponents is Winter Park businessman and longtime Republican operative Stockton Reeves, who has bolstered his campaign account with nearly $95,000 in candidate loans since he entered the race in July 2017. His new report, however, showed just $1,000 in fundraising and $2,500 in spending, causing his cash on hand to slide down to $98,182.
When it comes to outside fundraising, Orlando Republican Mikaela Nix has outpaced Reeves. She showed $6,780 in new money during the reporting period, including $1,000 checks from Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Winter Park exec William Battaglia, lobbyist Paul Wharton and Business Force, a group made up of business leaders that recently endorsed Nix for HD 47.
In all, Nix has raised $57,821 since entering the race in January. She has $39,575 on hand including $2,600 in loans.
The fourth candidate in the race is Ocoee Democrat Lou Forges, who posted a goose egg in his new report. Forges, a real estate agent, is currently being sued by Eskamani. She is seeking to have him kicked off the ballot due to his qualifying paperwork being notarized by his wife — a no-no under state notary law.
He has so far only put up a $2,000 loan to cover his qualifying fee. He has $218 in the bank.
HD 47 covers north and central Orange County, including much of Winter Park and Orlando.
The seat has a slim Democratic advantage in voter registrations and it was held by current Democratic Sen. Linda Stuart before Miller edged her out by four points in the 2014 cycle. He followed that up with a 6-point win over Democrat Beth Tuura in 2016, when the seat voted plus-11 for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The primary election is Aug. 28 and the general election is Nov. 6.