José Javier Rodríguez continues to easily outpace Ileana Garcia in SD 37 fundraising

Democratic Sen. José Javier Rodríguez is continuing to dominate Republican candidate Ileana Garcia in fundraising, according to the latest financial reports in the Senate District 37 race.

Those reports showed Sen. Rodríguez added more than $82,000 through his campaign from Sept. 19-Oct. 2. Garcia collected around 10% of that total, collecting $8,300.

Non-party affiliated candidate Alex Rodriguez again raised nothing and has not actively raised money since entering the race in June.

Garcia also waited until early June to enter the contest. With the blessing of Senate GOP leadership, she pulled in nearly $34,000 in her first 12 days as a candidate.

Since then, she has failed to match that fundraising pace and has struggled to keep up with the well-funded incumbent.

Sen. Rodríguez courted money from a broad swath of interests in the latest financial reports. The United Faculty of Florida political committee pitched in a maxed-out $1,000 donation to his campaign, as did Brickell Motors, a major South Florida car dealer. A plethora of law firms also flooded the incumbent’s coffers with $1,000 donations. His colleague, Democratic Sen. Darryl Rouson, donated $1,000 as well.

Initiative for Florida’s Future, a political committee associated with

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