With weeks left before the August 26 primary, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson is once again raising campaign cash far faster than anyone else running in any of six Central Florida Congressional races – and is spending it far faster than anyone else too, according to the latest federal campaign finance reports.
Grayson, the Orlando Democrat incumbent congressman in District 9, which covers Osceola, most of east Orange and part of north Polk, reported raising $1.8 million in contributions through June 30. That is nearly double anyone else running in the six congressional districts that cover all or parts of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard and Volusia counties.
Yet Grayson also reported, to the Federal Election Commission, that he spent $1.2 million campaigning, even though he faces only token opposition in the August 26 primaries.
All area incumbent congressmen have comfortable campaign chests compared with their opponents, though only Grayson and District 8’s U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, have primary challengers.
n U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, whose District 6 stretches through coastal counties from the Jacksonville suburbs to Deland, raised $950,000 and spent $235,000.
Alan Grayson tops local congressional candidates in fundraising – Orlando Sentinel.