Republican state Rep. Bobby Olszewski brought in more than $11,000 in the first two-week reporting period following the Aug. 28 primary pushing him much further ahead of former state Sen. Geraldine Thompson in the cash race behind the contest for his Florida House District 44 seat.

Olszewski’s latest contributions, totaling $11,850 for the first two weeks of September, brings his re-election campaign fundraising total to more than $161,000, and left him with nearly $130,000 in the bank according to the reports filed last Friday with the Florida Division of Elections.

Thompson, a former state senator and former state representative, battled through a Democratic primary on Aug. 28 to become the nominee in HD 44. Since then she raised only $1,250 in the latest two-week reporting period ending Sept. 14. And that left her total raised at just under $35,000, and left her with just over $9,000 in the bank.

Olszkewski’s latest haul came almost entirely from political action committees and corporations, including $1,000 checks from three beer distributor groups, Duke Energy, and the parent company of the Universal Orlando vacation resort in HD 44. Thompson received her latest campaign checks from four individuals.

The two are battling over HD 44, which covers southwest Orange County.

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