Top two Dems in governor’s race report some big numbers in March with Levine topping $1 million

by | Apr 5, 2018

Both Democratic gubernatorial candidates Philip Levine and Gwen Graham are reporting impressive fundraising totals for the month of March with Levine leading the Democratic field reporting more than  $1 million in contributions, with a large chunk of that money coming from Levine himself..

“This month, our campaign’s momentum continues to build, now leading our competitors in both polling and fundraising, because Floridians are ready for a new, exciting progressive vision for our future,” said Levine’s senior campaign advisor Christian Ulvert. “As Mayor Levine tours the state of Florida, meeting directly with voters in every county, our campaign is raising the resources necessary to take his message for Florida’s future on airwaves, on the ground, and to the living rooms of Florida’s families.”

While more than half of Levine’s political contributions, $535,000, came from donors, $470,000 came from his own money.

Earlier Thursday, Gwen Graham’s campaign said it had raised more than $600,000 in the month of March. Without giving specific totals, the Graham campaign said it raised more than $300,000 for her campaign and over $300,000 for the Gwen Graham for Florida political committee last month.

Some of that money came from 1,000 new donors, giving Graham a total of 17,000 contributors.

“Floridians across the state are sick and tired of Donald Trump’s bullying and they’re joining our campaign to face down his attacks,” Graham said. “Together, we are going to stand up for our state by expanding healthcare, fighting Trump’s plans to drill off our beaches and defending Floridians from the president’s divisive attacks.”

Graham earlier this week lashed out at Trump in her first digital ad in which she called him and “embarrassment” and a “bully.”

In announcing the March fundraising totals, Graham said her campaign received a $50,000 contribution from the progressive women’s group EMILY’s List. It marks the organization’s largest contribution to her campaign to date.

Also Thursday, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum released his fundraising numbers for March. A statement released by the campaign said Gillum raised a combined total of $336,116 The campaign raised $125,366, while another $210,750 was brought in by Gillum’s political committee, Forward Florida.

The Capitolist’s HorseRace Index, which uses a weighted average of all polls, shows Levine, the former mayor of Miami Beach, leading the Democrats in the race for the party’s nomination. Graham is in second place with Gillum third.


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