The House District 27 Republican received $11,500 in contributions between Oct. 13 and Oct. 19, bringing his to-date fundraising total to $232,250. During the same stretch, Lawrence brought in $1,300 in outside money — her best report yet excluding reporting periods where she whipped out her own checkbook.
Santiago’s haul came in across 16 checks, including seven for the max campaign donation of $1,000. Those checks came in from numerous political committees and business interests, including Local Home Builders, The Florida Justice Reform Committee and Lockheed Martin.
The third-term lawmaker also received $6,250 worth of “in-kind” support from the Republican Party of Florida for polling. His expenditure report showed just over $1,300 in spending, all of it heading toward candidate reimbursements.
Santiago finished the reporting period with just over $70,000 in the bank.
Lawrence’s report brought her past the $45,000 mark in total fundraising, including $38,000 in candidate loans. Her cash came in via a half-dozen small-dollar donors, with a single $1,000 check from Deltona realtor James Lawrence topping her donor sheet.
The income was offset by $700 or so in expenditures including a couple hundred bucks for social media work and another $300 or so for phone canvassing work. She finished the reporting period with just over $20,000 left to spend.
State legislative candidates will turn in one more campaign finance report prior, covering Oct. 20 through Nov. 1, before the general election is held on Nov. 6. Candidates are barred from raising funds during the five days leading up to Election Day.
HD 27 covers southern Volusia County, including Deltona, DeBary and Orange City and has a Republican edge. In 2016, Santiago was elected for a third term in the state House with 59 percent of the vote while Donald Trump carried the district by a 54-42 percent margin.