By Francisco Alvarado
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
One would think that former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio would hold a fundraising advantage over Hillary Clinton in their home county of Miami-Dade. Yet an analysis by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting of the first campaign finance reports submitted last week by the three candidates shows that Clinton leads the money race in the home turf of the Republican presidential contenders.
During the three-month fundraising period from April through June, Clinton raised $910,512 in Miami-Dade, compared to $602,325 for Rubio and $573,355 for Bush. Nationwide, Clinton collected $38.8 million to Bush’s $11.4 million and Rubio’s $8.9 million. Clinton also picked up more wealthy donors in Miami-Dade than her two Republican rivals, netting 244 individual contributions of $2,700 (the maximum a person can give to a federal candidate per election). Bush received 174, while Rubio got 92.
However, Rubio leads when it comes to raising cash from small donors. He received 256 individual donations ranging from $5 to $200, compared to 144 for Clinton and just nine for Bush.
Rubio also topped Clinton and Bush among donors who live in the 33154 zip code, which encompasses some of Miami-Dade’s wealthiest communities, including Bal Harbour, Bay Harbour Islands, Golden Beach, Indian Creek Village and Sunny Isles Beach. Rubio received 41 individual contributions of $2,700 from 33154 residents, compared to 10 for Clinton and five for Bush.
Denizens of Indian Creek Village, dubbed Miami’s Billionaire bunker by Forbes in 2012, are all in for Rubio. Automobile magnate Norman Braman and his wife Irma, longtime Rubio supporters, each gave the senator’s presidential campaign $2,700, as did Wall Street hedge fund manager Gary Siegler and Hotels.com founder Robert Diener’s wife Michelle and daughters Allison and Brianna. Meanwhile, Bush picked up $2,700 donations from former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula and his wife Maryanne, and Clinton picked up one $2,700 contribution from socialite Juliette Klepach.
However, Bush is top dog in Coral Gables, where he and his wife Columba own a four-bedroom, $1 million townhouse. The former governor received 45 individual contributions of $2,700 from people residing the City Beautiful’s zip codes, compared to 38 for Clinton and 10 for Rubio.