The essence of the contributions to the runoff election between Annie Orlando and Helen Warren is a distilled version of the contributions to the primary election. Orlando’s contributor list is top-heavy with a small number of interests funding the bulk of her campaign with multiple $250 contributions. And Warren’s isn’t.
The Orlando Magic
The Gleim family (publishing and investments) gave 10 contributions of $250 each! George “Cotton” Fletcher‘s interests (real estate, development, and construction) gave $1,500. Doug Wilcox (real estate and construction) and his businesses gave $1,000. Realtor PAC gave $750, as did Rocky Justice and his businesses (real estate and retail).
Other familiar names in the $250-$500 range include the Tea Party Bentons, Kevin and Carol Daly, Charles Goston (the “impartial” campaign forum moderator), Perrys (Keith and Charles), Rob Zeller, and Mac McEachern.
Further down the food chain we find a sprinkling of environmentalists and neighborhood activists among the business owners and Republican activists.
Warren, the gulf
Overall, Warren’s runoff campaign raised just over three-quarters the amount of Orlando’s, $19,300 versus $25,300. Only a small fraction came from repeat large donors.
The Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee reported an in-kind campaign support valued at $108 and a check for $650. Susan Bottcher and her husband gave $750. Paula DeLaney and her husband gave $500. Solar energy businessman Barry Jacobsen and his wife gave $500. A couple of PACs, the Central Labor Council and Ruth’s List, gave $250 each.
The remainder of Warren’s funding came mostly from academics and social and environmental activists, among them several current and former city and county commissioners.