Tampa and St. Petersburg not among top Florida cities donating to Trump re-election committees

You can probably guess who's No. 1.

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Tampa and St. Petersburg do not rank in a new list of the top nine Florida cities that've donated the most to Donald Trump's re-election committees. 

That's according to a Business Journal analysis of U.S. cities and ZIP codes where residents gave the most financial support to the orange emperor's official re-election committees between the month he took office and last June 30.

The top spot actually goes to Hollywood, Florida — just an hour's drive away from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort — where the analysis says residents have donated $33,220 to re-election committees. The next largest re-election committee donor city in Florida is Naples ($19,363), followed by Fort Lauderdale ($13,898), Vero Beach ($13,850), Miami ($13,205) and Orlando ($13,179).

Top donors to Trump re-election committee (Florida cities)

Hollywood — $33,220
Naples — $19,363    
Fort Lauderdale — $13,898
Vero Beach — $13,850
Miami — $13,205    
Orlando — $13,179
Jacksonville — $13,135
Sarasota — $11,395
Jupiter — $10,700

The analysis' findings for Tampa Bay area contributions to re-election committees in that same time period were not published, but a separate October 4 ranking of Bay area area individuals who've donated to other Trump re-election efforts between July 2017 and June 2018 said that 614 local contributors donated $254,990 to the effort in that 12-month span, with one Pinellas Park resident making 14 contributions totaling $6,800.

All of this news comes after a rush of early October analyses that showed a hard Republican-Democrat divide contributing to Trump's national approval ratings holding steady (52 percent disapproval, 43 percent approval, according a FiveThirtyEight aggregation), while his 2020 re-election campaign reported that it had raised over $16 million in individual contributions by June 2018.

According to the incumbent's favorite news outlet CNN, Trump has already raised $106 million for a race that is more than two years away. "Donald Trump's 2020 fundraising haul is totally and completely unprecedented," is how the headline reads.

So yeah, big Cheeto is raking in the cheddar while Democrats wait until after the November 6 midterm elections to do anything about 2020.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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