Republican Naples William Figlesthaler closed the first quarter of 2020 with over $ 1 million in cash.
But he loaned about that amount to his campaign in Congress.
The doctor in his first full trimester as a candidate raised $ 151,983 in new donations. This brings his total contributions to $ 276,279. He also received $ 3,000 in PAC contributions.
It also dropped another candidate loan of $ 650,000 into its coffers in the first quarter of 2020. Combined with the money he put in 2019, that means he put just north of a million dollars into the run, which is almost all the money available in the account at the end of March.
And the campaign has been busy, spending $ 298,573 to increase recognition of Figlesthaler in a field of nine Republican candidates, four of whom are currently in the post.
He faces state officials. Dane Eagle, Byron Donalds and Heather Fitzenhagen, with the Mayor of Fort Myers Randy Henderson.
Donalds announced last week that he had raised $ 335,000 in donations since he started racing in January.
But FIglesthaler outclassed Fitzenhagen, who pulled in approximately $ 111,000 since the launch of his campaign.
Eagle raised more outside dollars in 2019 than any other contender at the time, approximately $ 422,000. Eagle raised approximately $ 130,000 in the first quarter of this year.
Figlesthaler has campaigned extensively as an underdog in the race, but has some competition in this role. He survived an expert Ford O’Connell, who abandoned last month.
But over the past two weeks, the fast food mogul Casey askar launched himself in the race, raising over $ 500,000 in less than two weeks and draw a candidate loan of $ 3 million.
Of course, Askar is looking for the strangers’ path after months of Figlesthaler commercials on Southwest Florida airwaves.
As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the region, he turned to the message that highlights his medical history while funding public service style awareness.