U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist is sitting on greater than $646,000 in his federal marketing campaign account for reelection to Florida’s thirteenth Congressional District in 2022, in line with the newest monetary filings with the Federal Elections Fee.
Within the first quarter of 2021 masking Jan. 1 by March 31, Crist raised $347,188. After accounting for $120,000 in expenditures throughout that interval, Crist grew his federal account by about $227,000.
Crist is thus far unopposed for reelection subsequent yr, however that’s virtually sure to vary, particularly with reapportionment following the 2020 census anticipated to change district boundaries, doubtlessly skewing Crist’s current district extra to the suitable.
Crist first gained election to the seat in 2016 in opposition to then-incumbent and then-Republican David Jolly. That victory got here solely after a court-ordered redistricting shuffled the district boundaries to incorporate components of South St. Petersburg and downtown, closely democratic areas that gave Democrats a slight benefit. Previous to his victory, the seat had been beneath GOP management for greater than six a long time.
If the newest spherical of redistricting shifts boundaries north, extra Republicans could possibly be included, that means Crist’s stronghold within the now-light blue district could possibly be beneath menace.
His fundraising now, even earlier than a challenger has emerged, is essential not solely to ultimately defend his seat, however to assist a attainable run for Governor, which Crist, a former Republican Governor, has not dominated out.
Underneath Florida election regulation, Crist can not instantly switch funds from his federal marketing campaign account to a state account, however he may go the cash alongside to the Florida Democratic Occasion, which may then use the funds to help him in a attainable gubernatorial bid.
The loophole permits Crist to proceed aggressively fundraising whereas nonetheless retaining his choices open.
Crist obtained important assist from quite a lot of political committees in his first-quarter fundraising, together with from telecommunications corporations, photo voltaic pursuits and labor unions.
He obtained $3,000 from the AT&T Federal PAC, $1,000 from the Constitution Communications PAC and $1,000 from the T-Cellular PAC. Banking pursuits additionally donated massive, with checks totaling $2,500 from the Mortgage Bankers Affiliation, $5,000 from the Areas Monetary Corp. PAC, $1,000 from the Fifth Third PAC and $1,500 from the American Bankers Affiliation PAC.
The professional-Photo voltaic SolarPAC contributed $5,000, with the Sunpower Corp. PAC kicking in $1,000 and Vivant Photo voltaic PAC donating $500.
Group’s related to postal providers additionally ponied up, with donations totaling $1,000 from the American Postal Staff PAC, $2,500 from the Nationwide Affiliation of Letter Carriers and $1,000 from the American Postal Staff Union Committee on Political Motion.
Union contributors kicking in $1,000 or extra every included the Worldwide Affiliation of Sheet Metallic, Air, Rail and Transportation Staff Political Motion League, the Cubic Company Worker’s PAC, AFSME, the Worldwide Brotherhood of Electrical Staff, United Meals and Business Staff Union, the Worldwide Union of Working Engineers, the Amalgamated Transit Union, and others.
Different notable contributors included Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s committee, $4,000; Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Democrats Win Seats committee, $1,000; the Blue Canine PAC, $3,000; PAC to the Future, $5,000; the American Medical Affiliation PAC, $1,000; Nationwide Beer Wholesalers Affiliation, $2,500; Deloitte, $2,500; Rolls-Royce North America Holdings PAC, $2,000; Publix Supermarkets Associates PAC, $6,000; the House Depot PAC, $2,500, the Mosaic Firm PAC, $1,000; and Jacobs Engineering Group Committee, $5,000.
Crist’s largest donation within the first quarter got here from $10,000 in complete contributions from the U.S. Sugar Workers Inventory Possession PAC.
Native Democratic political guide and lobbyist, Ana Cruz, donated $1,000.
Crist simply gained reelection in 2018 in opposition to Republican challenger George Buck with 57% of the vote. However he noticed his victory margin slender final yr, earning just 53% of the vote over GOP challenger Anna Paulina Luna’s 47%.
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