David Rivera may have cited a judge's opinion on redistricting unrelated to South Florida as the reason for dropping out of a Miami congressional race last week, but the real reason might have been his campaign bank account.
The Republican raised no money to run a political race from the time he filed as a candidate in May through the end of June, according to his latest campaign finance report. His only cash -- $11,000 -- came from a loan he made to himself to pay a candidate filing fee. (He could still file contributions from July in a later report.)
He's still got more than $100,000 in outstanding debts from his prior campaign, in 2012.
Still leading the money race in Congressional District 26 is the incumbent, Democrat Joe Garcia. his campaign says he raised $455,679 between April 1 and June 30, bringing his total haul to $2.74 million. He has $1.86 million cash on hand.
On the Republican side, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo leads the pack. He raised about $300,000 in the last quarter, according to his campaign, for a total of $1.25 million and $900,000 cash on hand.
Here's where the other candidates stand:
Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall -- total contributions $239,649 (including $211,000 in loans to himself), cash on hand $28,495
Attorney Lorenzo Palomares-Starbuck -- total contributions $93,000 (including $60,000 in loans to himself), cash on hand $24,780
Former Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez -- total contributions $86,415, cash on hand $34,234
The Republican primary takes place Aug. 26.