$106.8 million raised in the race for Florida governor

The general election for Governor of Florida will take place on Nov. 7, 2022. In total, candidates running for Florida governor have raised $106.8 million, received no loans, and spent $9.2 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Mar. 31, 2022. The Democratic and Republican primaries are on Aug. 22, 2022.

Here’s the breakdown for the 10 candidates who are in the running:

Active Gubernatorial Candidates’ Campaign Finance, 1/1/2021- 3/31/2022

CandidatePartyContributionsLoansExpendituresElection Stage
Charlie CristDemocratic$8,254,576.68$0.00$2,891,565.46Primary
Nicole Nikki FriedDemocratic$1,909,840.25$0.00$667,355.00Primary
Amaro LionheartDemocratic$0.00$0.00$0.00Primary
Alex “Lundy” LundmarkDemocratic$3,206.80$0.00$3,165.29Primary
David Nelson FreemanDemocratic$20.00$0.00$0.00Primary
Annette TaddeoDemocratic$358,149.81$0.00$113,191.52Primary
Ron DeSantis (Incumbent)Republican$96,223,650.28$0.00$5,476,608.95Primary
John Joseph MercadanteRepublican$415.83$0.00$970.00Primary
Kyle “KC” GibsonNo Affiliation$1,472.52$0.00$52.50General
Frank Hughes JrIndependent$1,782.89$0.00$1,043.24General

Total fundraising in nine gubernatorial races in the 2022 election cycle

A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for re-election and number of candidates in a race, can influence donor activity. Here is how total fundraising by all candidates for Florida governor compares to the eight other gubernatorial races with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA for the 2022 election cycle:

RankStateTotal DonationsTotal CandidatesActive CandidatesElection StageAvailable Reporting Period
1Florida$106,753,1151210Primary Election1/1/2021 – 3/31/2022
2Texas$72,717,055245General Election1/1/2021 – 5/14/2022
3Pennsylvania$55,727,674205General Election1/1/2021 – 6/16/2022
4Arizona$24,376,8841512Primary Election1/1/2021 – 3/31/2022
5Ohio$22,113,46895General Election1/1/2021 – 6/3/2022
6Michigan$20,716,429167Primary Election1/1/2021 – 4/20/2022
7California$13,997,678322General Election1/1/2021 – 5/21/2022
8Wisconsin$13,933,407109Primary Election1/1/2021 – 3/13/2022
9Minnesota$8,263,0721411Primary Election1/1/2021 – 3/30/2022

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Florida candidate PACs submitted to the Florida Department of State. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2022 Q4 Data (2021 M12)1/10/2022
2022 M34/11/2022
2022 Primary 27/8/2022
2022 Primary 58/5/2022
2022 General 19/2/2022
2022 General 39/30/2022

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.




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