Campaign finance requirements govern how much money candidates may receive from individuals and organizations, how often they must report those contributions, and how much individuals, organizations, and political entities may contribute to campaigns.
While campaign finance is not the only factor in electoral outcomes, successful fundraising can provide a candidate with advantages during a campaign. Fundraising can also indicate party momentum.
This article lists top fundraisers in the Florida State Senate, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the State Senate submitted to the Florida Department of State. It includes activity between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.
Top fundraisers in the Florida State Senate by party
The top fundraisers in Florida State Senate elections are shown below. Individuals are presented with the office that they are on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable.
In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers were:
- Reggie Gaffney (District 6) – $448,959
- Annette Taddeo – $261,113
- Lauren Book – $211,400
- Lori Berman – $171,630
- Loranne Ausley – $142,308
In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers were:
- Wilton Simpson – $5,468,138
- Jason Fischer (District 4) – $823,631
- Ed Hooper (District 16) – $680,345
- Ray Rodrigues – $515,716
- Blaise Ingoglia (District 10) – $459,648
Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $1.97 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $10.50 million. Combined, all State Senate fundraisers in the January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, filing period raised $12.47 million.
The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 63 percent of all Democratic State Senate fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 76 percent of all Republican State Senate fundraising.
The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top ten fundraisers during this period.
TOP TEN FUNDRAISERS – FLORIDA STATE SENATE (January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021)
|Wilton Simpson||Republican Party||$5,468,138||$17,646|
|Jason Fischer||Republican Party||$823,631||$70,636|
|Ed Hooper||Republican Party||$680,345||$155,358|
|Ray Rodrigues||Republican Party||$515,716||$171,187|
|Blaise Ingoglia||Republican Party||$459,648||$40,122|
|Reggie Gaffney||Democratic Party||$448,959||$8,516|
|Annette Taddeo||Democratic Party||$261,113||$94,478|
|Gayle Harrell||Republican Party||$245,755||$68,643|
|Clay Yarborough||Republican Party||$230,083||$14,738|
|Jason Brodeur||Republican Party||$212,154||$211,687|
Campaign finance reporting periods
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate PACs submitted to the Florida Department of State. Candidate PACs represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any point, including past and present officeholders. This article does not include non-candidate PACs. In 2022, Transparency USA will publish campaign finance data after the following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.
|Report Name||Report Due Date|
|2022 Q4 Data (2021 M12)||1/10/2022|
|2022 Primary 2||7/8/2022|
|2022 Primary 5||8/5/2022|
|2022 General 1||9/2/2022|
|2022 General 3||9/30/2022|
This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.