Dumping Senate bid for House race perked up Hasner’s fundraisingby George Bennett | April 16th, 2012
Hasner raised only $13,432 in January while he was still in a GOP Senate primary against Connie Mack, George LeMieux and Mike McCalister. After U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, announced he was leaving his Palm Beach-Broward seat to run in a new district to the north, Hasner jumped into the District 22 race on Feb. 1 and raised more than $320,000 over the last two months of the quarter.
In his last full quarter as a Senate candidate, Hasner collected $262,965 in contributions. He had topped $500,000 in each of the previous quarters.
Hasner spent $349,502 during the first quarter of 2012, with $255,658 of that incurred while he was still a Senate candidate.
Hasner ended the first quarter with $654,514 in cash on hand.
In District 22, Democrat Lois Frankel, the former mayor of West Palm Beach, has nearly $1.3 million on hand after raising $408,414 during the quarter. Frankel’s Democratic primary rival, Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, raised $203,931 after entering the race in February and has $189,522 on hand.
Frankel so far is a stronger money-raiser on her rival’s turf. She raised about $35,000 in the quarter from Broward County residents while Jacobs raised $15,500 from contributors with Palm Beach County addresses.
Jacobs got a $1,000 check from former Palm Beach County commissioner Jeff Koons. She also collected $2,500 from former Palm Beach County Democratic Chairman Monte Friedkin, who now lives in Weston.