Demi Busatta Cabrera welcomes new challenger by raising $32K to defend HD 114

Republican Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera tapped a broad range of industries to amass $32,000 in her final full fundraising month before the 2022 Legislative Session.

Lawmakers are barred from seeking campaign contributions during the two-month Session. That lull could provide some runway for her new Democratic challenger, South Miami lawyer Adam Benna, to catch up to the incumbent.

As of Dec. 31, Busatta Cabrera held nearly $147,000 between her campaign and political committee, People Above Politics, to defend her House District 114 seat. Benna, who filed to run Jan. 2, has raised roughly $46,000.

Busatta Cabrera’s largest single donation, a $10,000 check, came from Miami-based public relations firm Mata Consulting.

Tallahassee lobbying firm Johnson & Blanton gave $2,500. Fort Lauderdale-based law and lobbying firm Becker & Poliakoff contributed $500.

A few companies from the medical and pharmaceutical sectors showed up for Busatta Cabrera last month. Miami-based health care services company Independent Living Systems donated $2,500. Busatta Cabrera also received $1,000 apiece from Gainesville-based health insurer AvMed, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and HCA Healthcare, which bought 59 urgent care centers in Florida this month.

West Palm Beach-based sugar company Florida Crystals donated $2,500. So did Florida Power & Light

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