Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs has had much success early on in her reelection campaign fundraising, with almost half a million dollars in her warchest, mostly from a diverse group of businesses here in Central Florida. Now, she’s flexing her support at the grassroots level.
In a release the Jacobs campaign had this to say.
“The latest financial filing shows Mayor Teresa Jacobs receiving strong support from local grassroots donors. Nearly 90% of the donations she received during the period came from Orange County, with 72% of the donations being $100 dollars or less. Total donations for the month were close to $45,000 with no scheduled fundraisers.”
“We’ve worked hard to give working, middle class families a voice in Orange County government,” Mayor Teresa Jacobs said. “The fact that they are willing to donate ten, fifteen or twenty dollars of their hard-earned money means a great deal to me.”
Not all of her haul was from small donations. She also received maximum donations of $1000 from apartment complexes in the area and another round of contributions from interests related to Full Sail University.
Jacobs is currently in a reelection fight with former Orlando Police Chief and Congressional Candidate Val Demings. Last week, an early poll illustrated that the incumbent held a double digit lead over the former top cop of the City Beautiful (that story HERE). She’s raised about 540K for the campaign and has about 440K on hand.
Demings wasn’t too far behind Jacobs this month. She raised 40K, to bring her up to 166K for the campaign with about 142K on hand. Her donor details haven’t been released but up until this month, Demings has been getting a lot of her donations from partisan organizations. The Orange County Mayor Race in non-partisan.
Jacobs’ campaign manager pointed this out in his release.
“Val Demings, Mayor Jacobs’ challenger in the race, recently received a $50,000 donation from the Florida Democratic Party. Where the $50,000 originated is still unknown.”
“Large donations from faceless groups usually indicate you have outside interests at play,” said John Dowless, campaign consultant for the Jacobs campaign.
When details of Demings’ haul are posted, you can read about them here.
*GET ALL OF MY NOTES ON THE ORANGE COUNTY MAYOR RACE HERE*