Ashley Gantt beats titular HD 109 again in fundraising and spending war


For the fifth consecutive month and with a primary collision fast approaching, the Democratic lawyer Ashley Glove again edged out the incumbent Democratic representative. James Bush 3 in fundraising and expenses for House District 109.

Gantt spent $18,000, a campaign high, in June. While $13,000 of that went to consulting firms MDW Communications in Planting and Peripheral communications in Miami, she paid a good sum – about $2,000 – to buy flyers and signage to distribute throughout the neighborhood.

She also paid $400 for tickets to an AFL-CIO event in Florida. The expense pages of Gantt and his opponent indicate that the two are courting the group’s approval.

More than 90 people donated to the Gantt campaign last month through checks for amounts between $10 and $1,000. Most checks were for $100 or less.

Only two contributions received by Gantt were not by personal check: $500 from a Louisiana-based government relations firm Garner Ridge Partners and $100 from the accounting firm Miami Lakes D Moss & Associates.

As of June 30, the Gantt campaign had raised nearly $67,000 since it was filed in March. Of that, he was left with $34,000.

Bush, meanwhile, raised just $2,500 in another lackluster fundraising month. Since he started raising money for his re-election bid a year ago, he has only managed to raise a five-figure sum once.

Thanks to limited spending on his part, however, his war chest still contains nearly $36,000.

June was Bush’s biggest spending month this cycle. He paid over $5,000. Of this amount, $3,000 went to Willis Howarda political strategist with a prolific work background in North Miami Beach which last year ran the campaign successfully of the US representative. Sheila Cherfilus McCormick.

Bush also spent $1,300 on canvassing and $200 on an AFL-CIO event in Florida.

His modest earnings last month came from three donations, including a check for $1,000 from a limited liability company Lavi Touring – misspelled as “Levi Touring” on Bush’s contribution register – and $500 of Poe Cleaning Services. Both are based in Sunny Isles Beach.

The Bush campaign cited a second donation of $1,000 from a company called “Se Lavi Productions LLC” which operates in the same building as Lavi Touring, but no record of such a company exists on the Florida Corporations Division website.

HD 109 is a Democratic-leaning district covering north-central Miami-Dade County, including parts of Miami, Hialeah, Miami Lakes, North Miami, and Opa-locka.

Since no Republicans are running in the district, whoever wins the Aug. 23 Democratic primary will take seat HD 109.

Candidates faced the July 8 deadline to report all campaign finance activities through the end of June.

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