Coming out of a month where Federal Law Enforcement Officials raided a property owned by her, State Representative Linda Stewart(D-Orlando) had the best fundraising month of her reelection campaign, banking about 14.7K in February.
Stewart herself never did anything illegal nor was she ever investigated, but the feds handcuffed about a dozen squatters and arrested one, after suspicion of drugs and prostitution, in that East Orlando residence.
Now it’s possible many of these checks were in the mail before the incident took place on the 26th but 10K of that haul was deposited on the 27th or 28th of the month according to campaign reports. These donations include maximum 1K contributions from Mears Cab Companies and several Insurance groups. The rest of the haul were from PACS and Unions. There was only 1 individual contribution in February and that was a 1K check. She’s raised 61K for the campaign and has about 53K of that on hand.
On the Republican side Environment Consultant Mo Pearson raised 5K but loaned his campaign 10K. That loan along with 11K in Candidate Contributions to this point, demonstrates that Pearson is gambling on himself to knock off Stewart, in the District that leans GOP by a couple of points. He’s raised 68K for the campaign (his own numbers included) and has about 58K of it on hand.
Stewart has closed the gap dramatically over the last couple of months. This was a necessity for her. She’s not allowed to fundraise during the legislative session, which just kicked off last week.
The other Republican in the race, Frank Caprio hasn’t posted numbers yet.