Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer raised about $47,500 in September to break the half million point in his fight for a fifth term.
Dyer raised $27,000 in his individual account, bringing his grand total to about $373,000. He has about $209,000 for the final stretch. Dyer’s haul featured dozens of $2 donations often used to bring down the per donation average, a technique used to demonstrate small donor support followed by several maximum $1,000 donations from the DeVos family, owners of the Orlando Magic.
The Florida Democratic Party also donated several thousand dollars.
“Moving Orlando Forward,” the-Dyer connected PAC, brought in $20,000, to bring it to $159,000 with about $130,000 cash-on-hand. Only three donations were made: two for $10,000 each (Orlando Sports Holdings and a real estate company) and a small check from an HVAC company.
The end of the fundraising period leaves one major question: not how much Dyer will ultimately raise, but what numbers will his opponent Paul Paulson post. Paulson has launched a large self-financed operation, with television ads, robocalls, and billboards.
“Sunshine” Linda Grund is also running. Election day is Nov. 3.