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 July 1, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022.
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 were on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable.
In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Loranne Ausley (District 3) – $394,193
- Janet Cruz (District 14) – $387,547
- Janelle Perez (District 38) – $315,883
- Eunic Ortiz (District 18) – $213,722
- Lori Berman (District 26) – $169,380
In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Corey Simon (District 3) – $921,391
- Jay Collins (District 14) – $839,029
- Jason Brodeur (District 10) – $569,222
- Alexis Calatayud (District 38) – $566,551
- Ben Albritton (District 27) – $498,526
Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $2.6 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $7.5 million. Combined, all State Senate fundraisers in the July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022, filing period raised $10.1 million.
The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 57 percent of all Democratic State Senate fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 45 percent of all Republican State Senate fundraising.
The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top 10 fundraisers during this period.
|TOP 10 FUNDRAISERS – FLORIDA STATE SENATE (July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022)|
|Corey Simon||Republican Party||$921,391||$511,702|
|Jay Collins||Republican Party||$839,029||$296,085|
|Jason Brodeur||Republican Party||$569,222||$196,793|
|Alexis Calatayud||Republican Party||$566,551||$321,270|
|Ben Albritton||Republican Party||$498,526||$154,992|
|Nick DiCeglie||Republican Party||$484,415||$291,606|
|Ileana Garcia||Republican Party||$452,840||$192,759|
|Loranne Ausley||Democratic Party||$394,193||$550,969|
|Janet Cruz||Democratic Party||$387,547||$342,598|
|Blaise Ingoglia||Republican Party||$367,632||$228,542|
Campaign finance reporting periods
The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate committees submitted to the Florida Department of State. Candidate committees 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 committees. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines.