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 among Florida statewide officeholders and candidates, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for statewide elected offices submitted to the Florida Department of State. It includes activity between July 1, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022.
Statewide political positions are typically offices in the executive and judicial branches of government rather than the legislative, and they most often represent all citizens in the state, rather than those in a particular district.
Top Florida statewide fundraisers by party
The top fundraisers among Florida statewide officeholders and candidates are shown below. Individuals are presented with the office that they were on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable. If no office is indicated, the person was an incumbent and was not on the ballot in 2022.
In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Charlie Crist (Governor) – $20,415,723
- Nikki Fried (Governor) – $1,337,418
- Adam Hattersley (Chief Financial Officer) – $303,928
- Daniel Uhlfelder (Attorney General) – $244,219
- Aramis Ayala (Attorney General) – $131,666
In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers in the most recent semiannual reporting period were:
- Ron DeSantis (Governor) – $76,085,180
- Ashley B. Moody (Attorney General) – $4,101,089
- Wilton Simpson (Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services) – $3,115,202
- Jimmy Patronis (Chief Financial Officer) – $792,012
Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $22.5 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $84.1 million. Combined, all statewide officeholders and candidates in the July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022, filing period raised $106.6 million.
The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 100 percent of all Democratic statewide officeholder and candidate fundraising. These were the only Republican statewide executive fundraisers during this reporting period.
The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top 10 fundraisers during this period.
|TOP 10 FUNDRAISERS – Florida STATEWIDE OFFICEHOLDERS AND CANDIDATES (July 1, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2022)|
|Name||Party Affiliation||Office Sought||Raised||Spent|
|Governor Ron DeSantis||Republican Party||Governor||$76,085,180||$109,786,501|
|Charlie Crist||Democratic Party||Governor||$20,415,723||$26,653,291|
|Attorney General Ashley B. Moody||Republican Party||Attorney General||$4,101,089||$5,794,794|
|Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson||Republican Party||Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services||$3,115,202||$8,783,196|
|Nikki Fried||Democratic Party||Governor||$1,337,418||$2,749,181|
|Treasurer Jimmy Patronis||Republican Party||Chief Financial Officer||$792,012||$1,180,735|
|Adam Hattersley||Democratic Party||Chief Financial Officer||$303,928||$313,390|
|Daniel Uhlfelder||Democratic Party||Attorney General||$244,219||$281,029|
|Aramis Ayala||Democratic Party||Attorney General||$131,666||$140,037|
|Naomi Blemur||Democratic Party||Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services||$93,603||$93,710|
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.