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Annette Taddeo has best fundraising quarter yet, despite staff shakeup

@PatriciaMazzei

Miami Democrat Annette Taddeo posted her biggest congressional campaign haul yet, raising nearly $303,000 through the end of June, despite shaking up her staff in the middle of the quarter.

That total brings her cash on hand to nearly $622,000. She's got a tough primary against former Rep. Joe Garcia.

In May, Taddeo dismissed her campaign manager, finance director and communications director, in part due to pressure from national Democrats keenly interested in winning the seat who feared the campaign was spending too much, too quickly.

Taddeo had raised about $301,000 in a quarter last year. Her campaign carries a heavy debt load of more than $480,000. She carries more than $400,000 of it from past races; Taddeo has loaned $75,000 to her campaign this cycle.

Garcia's report didn't appear on the Federal Election Commission's website Saturday morning. It was due by midnight Friday.

His campaign said it turned in the report, and that it showed more than $190,000 in fundraising, and more than $400,000 cash in the bank.

Taddeo will likely need to spend more than Garcia, given his vast name recognition and strong poll numbers in the Westchester-to-Key West swing district. She has already put out more campaign fliers, including one attacking Garcia.

Moneywise, Democrats lag far behind Republican incumbent Rep. Carlos Curbelo, who doesn't face a primary challenge. He brought in $508,000 last quarter and has more than $2.1 million in the bank.

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