Personal Loans Outpace Campaign Contributions For Miami Special Election Candidates
|By Alex Izaguirre|
Miguel Gabela and Waldo Faura Jr. loaned their campaigns $75,000 and $19,500, respectively, in their bids to replace the ousted Gonzalez, according to campaign financial disclosure reports turned in this past December 11. Another contender, Richard Tapia, has loaned himself $2,500 while raising $1,100.
Of the remaining players for Gonzalez's seat, Mike Saurez has rounded up $6,500, including $500 from ex-Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez. Former city commissioner Willy Gort has collected $3,650, including $500 from the police union.
In the race to de-throne Spence-Jones, Georges William and Dufirstson Neree, loaned their campaigns $15,000 and $10,000, respectively. Recently resigned Miami-Dade Ethics Commission board member Erica Wright also gave a loan to her campaign for $1,150.
Spence-Jones, on the other hand, is sticking to the old system. She has raised $9,350. Her major contributors include Miami rap producer Ted Lucas and five entities owned by The Gatehouse Cos., a real estate firm from Mansfield, Mass.
Her former nemesis, Rev. Richard Dunn, has collected $1,300 from a towing company and two car mechanic shops while Pierre Rutledge got one $500 donation from NFL running back and ex-University of Miami star Edgerrin James.