Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Curry Sets New Record in Mayoral Fundraising; Republican Hopeful Has Collected More Than $1M in Donations since June

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Curry Sets New Record in Mayoral Fundraising; Republican Hopeful Has Collected More Than $1M in Donations since June

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Byline: Nate Monroe

Republican mayoral challenger Lenny Curry has raised more than $1 million since launching his campaign in June and embarking on a highly successful fundraising push, surpassing former Mayor John Peyton's previously unprecedented $862,000 three-month haul in 2006.

Beating Peyton's benchmark and topping $1 million - $1,004,679 to be exact - was an internal goal for Curry's campaign from the outset as he has sought to unite the city's often fractious Republican donors behind his candidacy.

"There's no denying when you see these numbers that Lenny Curry has gotten off to an extraordinary start in fundraising," said Rick Mullaney, director of the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute and a 2011 Republican mayoral candidate.

The political action committee supporting Curry, Together For A Greater Jacksonville, raised $286,000 last month, bringing the total committee money to $694,100. He raised another $63,646 in direct campaign contributions in August, according to a report provided by his campaign, for a total of $310,579.

That money will come in handy.

Mayor Alvin Brown has raised at least $1.5 million so far, including $73,000 raised in August by his political action committee, Taking Jacksonville to the Next Level. The August contributions directly to his campaign have not yet been posted.

Brown and Curry far and away lead the field in cash contributions. City Councilman Bill Bishop, also a Republican, raised $40,870 through July.

Curry, former head of the Florida Republican Party and co-founder of Jacksonville-based ICX Group Inc., said his fundraising total is indicative of a "movement."

"People want to see the city with new leadership," he said.

Several local businesses, outside industries and well-known business and civic leaders donated last month to Curry: former Jaguars owners Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver cut Curry a $25,000 check, while Jacksonville businessman Peter Rummell donated $50,000 - he and his wife had already given $50,000 in June. …

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