In their bids to emerge as the nominees for their respective parties, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Congressman Ron DeSantis are relying on out-of-state money. So far, DeSantis has brought in $2.3 million dollars from donors outside of Florida in Ohio, California and New York. Concerning the Tallahassee Mayor, 40 percent of Gillum’s money also comes from outside the sunshine state.
Of the total $64 million raised so far, 15 % of it comes from out-of-state. However, this statistic does not include money that was donated to a political committee and then given to the candidate.
Gillum stands as the candidate with the total least amount of money, but he’s also the candidate with the highest percentage of money coming from out of Florida. Much of the money has come from New York, and he’s received a $2,000 check from controversial investor and liberal donor George Soros.
On the Republican side, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam stands as the candidate with the least amount of out-of-state campaign contributions at around 7 %. His top donors include Associated Industries, which is a business group that does not disclose who its members are. Florida Power and Light is also a top donor, and he was previously receiving funding from U.S. Sugar.
Although the midterm election in November seems far at this point, we’ll see how campaigning and contributions change the trail for the candidates as they look to replace outgoing Florida Governor Rick Scott who’s term-limited.