Rep. Juan Fernandez-Barquin has no opponent, but $ 180,398 in cash on hand to defend his seat representing House District 119 should one of them show up.
The Republican, who lives in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, raised a total of $ 38,500 in September, between his personal fundraising campaign and his political committee, United Floridians.
A Tampa-based medical marijuana company, Surterra, donated $ 6,000 to the Fernandez-Barquin committee, the biggest contribution of the month. Its committee received $ 5,000 each from Corcoran Partners, a lobbying firm; Florida Prosperity Fund, a policy committee; NextEra Holdings, a utility and electric company; and Pooches of Bellaire, a Houston-based pet retailer.
His personal campaign account raised the maximum of $ 1,000 each from Comcast, a Philadelphia-based media company; FAIAPAC, the political action committee of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents; Merck Sharp & Dohme, a pharmaceutical company based in Kenilworth, Pennsylvania .; NBCUniversal, a media company; and Daniel Veres from Wexford, Pa., who runs a cloud-based government solutions company.
Fernandez-Barquin reimbursed himself $ 6,565 for travel, meals and fundraising supplies, according to his financial report. It was his biggest expense last month. He also spent $ 5,065 at the JW Marriott Atlanta last month. Campaign funding reports show Fernandez-Barquin hired Miami-based political consultant Red Road Consulting for $ 2,149 in September. He also spent $ 1,500 on the services of the Ponte Vedra-based political consultancy firm. The Archmann group.
Fernandez-Barquin is a lawyer who was first elected in 2018.
It received notice in the last legislative session for sponsor the riot bill that has become law. It strengthens legal sanctions against rioters, vandals and looters and has been promoted as a means of combating public disorder. Some, however, saw it as targeting certain minorities exercising their free speech rights.
Barquin-Fernandez has served on the House Judiciary Committee and criminal justice subcommittees; Businesses and professions; Children, families and the elderly; and justice credits.
Its district is made up entirely of unincorporated Miami-Dade County, including Kendale Lakes, Kendall West, Tamiami, The Crossings, and The Hammocks.
His campaign faced a Monday deadline to report contributions and expenses until September 30.