Rob Panepinto‘s campaign for Orange County Mayor has provided Orlando Rising an early peek at its first fundraising report ahead of the deadline — and it’s no surprise why.

The Winter Park businessman has raised nearly $240,000 in less than four weeks.

More than $170,000 came in via contributions, including a $100,000 contribution from the candidate, as well as $68,530 raised by a political committee, Vision Orange County.

Contrasting the $239,960 total with Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings’ money chase reveals a potential weakness in Demings’ effort. In his first three months, Demings raised about $135,000.

By substantially exceeding that number in his first report, Panepinto silenced skepticism about a political newcomer in this race. It’s worth noting Demings has raised $196,000 so far, $62,000 of which came in October. Still, the Orange County Sheriff filed in July — a full three months before Panepinto’s October filing.

On his successful early fundraising efforts, Panepinto said it was “humbling that so many neighbors and fellow business leaders” are supporting him.

He said the broad base of support coupled with his commitment signals a great start for the campaign.

“These resources — along with our clear message of how to diversify the local economy, create more jobs, and ensure Orange County is a safe place to pursue your dreams — will allow me to earn the trust of Orange County’s families,” Panepinto said.

In addition to Panepinto and Demings, Orange County School Board Chair Bill Sublette and Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke have filed for the race.

Sublette and Clarke have not yet released their finance numbers.

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