After four months, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has raised more than $1 million for his reelection fight against announced challenger Raquel Regalado and whoever else may be eyeing his County Hall seat.
The incumbent, in office since 2011, raised $124,600 in April for the political committee supporting his reelection, Miami-Dade Residents First, according to a report filed this week. That brings the committee's tally to $1,004,552 since it launched mid-January.
The total gives him a significant advantage over Regalado, a two-term school board member daughter of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado. She has raised $175,000 this year.
But their April hauls aren't too far off. Regalado, who announced her mayoral run in March after strong hints throughout 2015, took in $110,000 in April, according to the latest reports.
Regalado is using a state committee, Serving Miamians, that has funded past campaigns for her and her father. We're only using donations received in 2015 for the Serving Miamians tally. She also has an official campaign committee, but Gimenez does not.
The campaign committee gives Regalado the flexibility to raise money directly from voters, while political committees target more deep-pocketed donors. Committees cannot directly advocate for the election of a candidate.
Xavier Suarez, the county commissioner who is publicly flirting with a mayoral run, has raised $276,700 for his political committee, Imagine Miami, since he last stood for reelection in 2012. That includes about $156,000 from last month.
We'll update this post later as we crunch more numbers.