April 17, 2020 by David Silverberg.
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|
|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