FEC: $3 million loan rockets Republican Askar to top-funded SWFL congressional candidate

April 17, 2020 by David Silverberg.

03-27-20 Casey Askar
Casey Askar

Casey Askar, a Republican businessman and entrepreneur who only entered Florida’s 19th Congressional District race on March 20, became the top-funded candidate in the field in the first quarter of 2020 thanks to a $3 million loan he made to his own campaign, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records.

Askar’s loan, plus $506,230 in donations from roughly 270 donors makes him by far the best-funded candidate, with a war chest of $3,482,873 after expenses of $23,356. Among his donors was Naples developer Todd Gates, who gave the legal limit of $2,800 each for the primary and general campaigns.

The 19th Congressional District race is now in line with national cost trends, where congressional races cost between a half million and three million dollars.

After Askar’s campaign, the next best-funded campaign was Republican William Figlesthaler, whose campaign now has $1,011,164 on hand thanks to a $1,060,000 loan from the candidate and $276,278 in donations.

All candidates’ filings from the 1st quarter of 2020 are (with the exception of Ford O’Connell, who announced the end of his candidacy):

Candidate Party Total receipts Total disbursements Cash on hand
ASKAR, CASEY REPUBLICAN PARTY $3,506,230 $23,356 $3,482,874
FIGLESTHALER, WILLIAM MATTHEW MD REPUBLICAN PARTY $1,339,279 $328,114 $1,011,165
EAGLE, DANE REPUBLICAN PARTY $552,495 $218,444 $334,051
DONALDS, BYRON REPUBLICAN PARTY $338,163 $116,862 $221,302
HOLDEN, DAVID DEMOCRATIC PARTY $162,838 $131,142 $31,696
HENDERSON, RANDY REPUBLICAN PARTY $139,778 $70,584 $69,195
SEVERSON, DANIEL MARK REPUBLICAN PARTY $113,456 $51,953 $61,503
FITZENHAGEN, HEATHER REPUBLICAN PARTY $110,816 $20,977 $89,839
BANYAI, CINDY LYN DEMOCRATIC PARTY $30,970 $19,264 $11,706
DUMORNAY, ANTONIO INDEPENDENT $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
AQUINO, DARREN DIONE REPUBLICAN PARTY $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
MCLAUGHLIN, CHRISTY REPUBLICAN PARTY $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

 

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©2020 by David Silverberg

 

 

 

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