In the Republican race to take on Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo looks like the frontrunner. But the incumbent looks like he's pulling ahead in the cash race, noting yesterday he pulled in $412,000, about double what Curbelo is announcing in this press release:
MIAMI - Today Carlos Curbelo's Congressional Campaign announced that it raised approximately $200,000* in the last quarter of 2013, closing the year with a cash-on-hand balance in excess of $550,000*. The campaign has now raised nearly $650,000* and is operating at an extremely low burn rate. While the incumbent Congressman-by-default has raised hundreds of thousands from DC special interests (PACs), most of the campaign's contributions are from individual donors in South Florida.
"I am very appreciate of all the support I received last quarter. Our community wants a new direction for the country and residents have had enough of scandal-plagued politicians like Joe Garcia who are committed to making Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House again," said Curbelo.
Curbelo is challenging freshman Congressman Joe Garcia whose campaign is under investigation by the FBI for illegally financing a straw candidate. Late last year Garcia's former chief of staff served time in jail for the campaign's participation in absentee ballot fraud. Garcia who had been rejected by voters on three occasion prior to the 2012 elections has made headlines for likening his House colleagues to the Taliban, a terrorist organization responsible for the death of many Americans and for circulating a letter on behalf of a lobbyist after receiving a $2,500 campaign contribution.
Curbelo was elected to the School Board of Miami-Dade County in 2010, and was reelected in 2012 without opposition. During Curbelo's time on the Board, Miami-Dade County Public Schools has won accolades for improving student performance while keeping taxes low and reducing the school system's bureaucracy.
*All numbers unofficial