Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a freshman gearing up for a competitive 2016 re-election race, raked in nearly $450,000 in the quarter that ended June 30.
The haul brings Curbelo's total to about $1.2 million, with more than $993,000 of that remaining in the bank. The total includes more than $110,000 transferred from a political action committee set up for Curbelo set up jointly with the Republican Party.
"There is no doubt that our campaign will have all the resources necessary to make sure the voters of Florida's 26th Congressional District are aware of Carlos' bipartisan work in Congress on behalf of our community," campaign spokeswoman Nicole Rapanos said in a statement. His campaign has run afoul of the Federal Election Committee before, failing to property report a significant number of transactions and being forced to pay a fine as a result.
Challenger Annette Taddeo, who has the high-profile backing of national Democrats, collected about $235,000 in the same quarter that ended June 30, including $6,500 she contributed to herself. She has less than $170,000 on hand so far, and more than $405,000 in debts carried over from her unsuccessful 2008 congressional run against Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Her campaign touted an "outpouring of support from grassroots donors."
"The voters of South Dade and Monroe understand that the broken, divisive Washington politics pushed by our opponent and his wealthy special interest backers are politics at its worst, and they are ready for a change," campaign manager Shaun Daniels said in a statement,highlighting that more than 90 percent of Taddeo's contributors gave $200 or less. "Annette is the voter's candidate. And she's just getting started."
He also noted that the Florida Supreme Court has ordered state lawmakers to redraw the Westchester-to-Key West district to fix gerrymandering in Homestead -- a change that could benefit Democrats, though it may not involve a huge number of voters.
Still, Republicans pounced on the disparity in the totals, poking the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which brought its chairman to campaign with Taddeo last month. Curbelo has the advantage of being an incumbent, though when he posed his own challenge to former Rep. Joe Garcia, Curbelo also posted robust totals.