Democratic senator. shevrin jones of Miami Gardens notched its second-highest spending month this election cycle in June, when it exhausted nearly $64,000 in costs mostly related to campaign mailings and fundraising efforts.
He has also raised over $122,000 between his campaign account and political committee, Strong Florida finish. At the end of the month, however, there was about $90,000 left for the Senate District 34 race.
It is all the same almost four times what its two main challengers, consultant Pitchie “Peachy” Escarment and former Miami Gardens City Council member Erhabor Ighodaroheld at the end of the month.
Jones spent $27,500 alone on “media mail consulting.” His biggest payout, a check for $14,500, went to MDW Communicationsa Plantation-based political advertising agency led by a strategist Michael Worley.
The company website cover page features Jones among its renowned clients.
Jones paid $4,000 for David Metelluspolitical consultant and policy and policy director for the Florida Immigrant Coalitionand $4,500 each in Fort Lauderdale TLE analysis and The Public Square LLC in St. Petersburg. All expenses have been marked for “viewing media mail”.
An additional $2,000 was spent on campaign signage and an ad on a Haitian-language radio show Zafe Pa Noumaybe to counter $1,500 of “campaign communications” Ighodaro bought from the program in March.
Jones spent about $21,000 on fundraising, including a $13,000 payment to a Tampa-based consultant Janee Murphy$6,300 for a fundraising activity at Opale Key Restaurant in Key West and $1,500 on a Broward Foundation sponsorship of events.
The rest of his expenses covered air travel, car rental, accommodation, campaign supplies and legal services.
More than 230 people donated directly to Jones’ campaign last month. Most checks arrived for less than $5.
Among his notable donors: the Tallahassee lobbyist Ron’s book and Scott Bennettpresident of Wilton Manors-based LGBTQ non-profit organization Our fund. Both men gave Jones’ political committee $5,000.
His biggest win in June was a $25,000 contribution from New opportunity in Floridaa political committee supporting Miami Sen. Jason Pizza. Last month, Pizzo won re-election in Senate District 37 after no opponents showed up to challenge him. This left Pizzo with over $390,000 in his committee alone to spend on other races.
Jones received $15,000 in donations from Blank PC, a political committee headed by a Fort Lauderdale lawyer Jason White; Florida Justice PC, a political committee headed by an Orlando attorney Tiffany Fadis; and NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light.
Orlando-based ABC Liquors Inc. donated $10,000, as did the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the largest union of civil servants in the country. AFSCME gave Jones $17,500 for this round.
Other noteworthy contributions to Jones’ campaign include $5,000 from Auto Service Association and matching donations from several companies owned by the billionaire Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Rosswho successfully obtained a legislature-approved tax break for tickets to the Formula 1 Grand Prix event at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Ross owns South Florida Motorsportswhich holds the exclusive rights to host Formula 1 events for 10 years at the stadium, which also owns it.
Ighodaro, meanwhile, spent more than $26,000 last month, about $1,000 less than he raised. As of June 30, he held approximately $19,000 between his campaign account and political committee, Reignbows Florida PC.
His biggest expense, $15,000, went to Pembroke Pines Urban Initiatives Inc. for “campaign management services”. Another $6,300 covered the campaign’s printing, signage and outreach costs.
June marked Ighodaro’s best fundraising month since entering the race in February, thanks to a $20,000 personal loan.
The rest of his earnings came mostly from the real estate sector.
Seven people gave to Ighodaro’s campaign in June, with the lowest check coming in at $485. The largest personal donation he received was $2,500 from Bishop of ChesterPresident and CEO of MortgageGrants.com and president of the Housing Foundation of Americaa non-profit organization that serves the tri-county area.
He also received $1,000 each from HBC Engineering in Doral, Oak Village Developers in Hollywood and West site in Lantana.
Escarment, who also filed against Jones in February, continued to trail his primary opponents in fundraising with just over $2,000 raised last month.
All but $50 of it came from a single source: The former North Miami police officer turned restaurateur Ananias Peterwho gave $1,000 directly and a matching donation through his company, Pierre’s Caribbean cuisine.
Escarment spent $1,500 in June on signs and a radio spot on WLQYa world music station broadcast primarily in Haitian Creole serving Greater Miami.
That left him with $4,800 as of July 1.
DS34 covers much of northeast Miami-Dade County, including the municipalities of Bay Harbor Islands, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, North Miami, North Miami Beach, and Opa-locka.
The primary election takes place on August 23. Since only Democrats are competing in the district, the winner of this contest will win the SD 34 seat.
Candidates faced a Monday deadline to report all campaign fundraising through July 1.