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Mayor Alvin Brown's re-election campaign posts strongest ever fund-raising month in April

Jaguars owner Shad Khan donated another $50,000 and co-hosted fundraiser

Posted: May 12, 2014 - 1:35pm  |  Updated: May 12, 2014 - 4:53pm
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown  Times-Union file
Times-Union file
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown raised more than $330,000 in April for his 2015 re-election bid, his campaign’s strongest fund-raising month buoyed in large part by continued support from Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

Brown’s fund-raising figures — which now total more than $1.1 million — offer a favorable contrast to the high-profile defection late last month of a major supporter whose financial backing and influence are largely thought to have given Brown the campaign edge in 2011.

Brown’s campaign directly raised $24,835 in April, according to the latest filings. The political action committee supporting his re-election, Taking Jacksonville to the Next Level, raised $305,800.

The numbers reflect a campaign that is far stronger financially than in Brown’s 2011 run, when he had only raised $165,000 before entering the runoff against GOP contender Mike Hogan.

“The mayor was able to win being outspent in the last election,” said David Beattie, a senior adviser for the mayor’s re-election campaign. “We’re prepared to fight financially. But we never take it for granted.”

Many of Brown’s donations in April came days after Peter Rummell, a powerful Northeast Florida Republican fundraiser, told the Times-Union he would not support Brown in his re-election bid and offered a blistering assessment of the mayor’s first term in office.

In 2011, Rummell pledged $150,000 to help elect Brown, and his political action committee raised in $431,356 to help him defeat Hogan — whom Rummell and other Jacksonville business leaders considered too conservative and out of touch with downtown’s needs.

Rummell said he will throw his support behind Florida GOP chairman Lenny Curry, who has not yet announced a run but told state GOP officials he will step down as chairman at the end of the month.

Even as he lost a major local power broker, Brown has gained supporters with deep pockets.

Khan gave Brown a substantial boost with a $50,000 donation — the second such contribution he’s made — as well as co-hosting a fundraiser for the mayor at EverBank field last month that brought in several donations as high as $5,000 and $10,000.

Fidelity National Financial and Black Knight Financial Services co-hosted an April 30 fundraiser for Brown and each individually donated $25,000, as did Bill Foley, chairman of Fidelity’s board of directors. EverBank Financial Corp. gave $50,000.

Former Mayor John Peyton raised $1.2 million for his re-election campaign in 2007. Hogan raised about $1.1 million.

Stephen Baker, a retired Jacksonville University political science professor, said Brown’s fund-raising totals put him in a strong position, but money alone won’t win the election. Brown will have to follow through on major portions of his first-term agenda, like pension reform.

“He does seem to be able to raise a fair amount of money,” Baker said. “A lot can change. The outcome of pension talks will be a major factor.”

While Curry and other potential candidates mull a run, Brown is far ahead of challengers who have already signed up for the 2015 race. City Councilman Bill Bishop, a Republican, has posted $18,100 in contributions so far. Omega Allen, also a Republican, raised $350, and Tiffany Wingo, a member of the Independence Party of Florida, has not posted any contributions so far.

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joeblow 05/12/14 - 08:55 pm
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Alvin Brown is a puppet. The

Alvin Brown is a puppet. The republicans win either way. It's all smoke and mirrors. He honestly should have served on city council first and proven himself but instead he is riding the calculated wave. He will always be remembered for buying the biggest flat screen T.V. and for being a bigot. Audrey Moran where are you when we need you?

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johnctaughtme 05/12/14 - 08:40 pm
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It's going to be ironically

It's going to be ironically funny, if the police and fire unions support Mayor Brown, even if reluctantly. They are very likely to "trust" his millionaires more than Lenny Curry's millionaires. They are also unlikely to forget the five to seven years of bullying, threats, and lack of much visible concern for them by many on the City Council, who are among Brown's most strident critics.

Many of them reportedly sense that some Council members, civic leaders, and editors do not want resolution of the pension issue with any haste, as it makes a good issue for politics, posturing, and personal agendas, not to mention editorials. They see themselves, their families, and their careers being jerked around by such people, and demeaning efforts to erode their public image.

They are likely too, to wonder if Mr. Curry will embrace or try to walk back from some of the far-right rhetoric of many of his party members, especially many in the Legislature. Chances are if they wanted far-right, they would still trust Mike Hogan more.

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Baphomet 05/12/14 - 07:57 pm
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Ol' Baphomet wants to know:

Ol' Baphomet wants to know: how many of you Brown haters are against him because he didn't tow the line on the Human Rights Ordnance?

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Freedom 05/12/14 - 07:14 pm
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Brown - a member of

Brown - a member of Jacksonville's best - incredible. Other than his mantra of "no taxes" how has he advanced the City substantively? His fear of taking a stance on important issues and, when taking a stance, offering deceitful solutions e.g.the pension issue mark him as a poor Mayor. I am not sure the conservatives can come up with a better candidate. Time to get a candidate not from the political arena.

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johnctaughtme 05/12/14 - 06:40 pm
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Might it be that Mayor Brown

Might it be that Mayor Brown may be more difficult to beat, than those who perceive that they can buy and pay for most any candidate, then dump them if they become less than useful may think him to be? Might it be that what looked a bit like a race-baiting article on-line in "Folio" ("A Black Mayor For Jacksonville?) will not have the expected negative effect on white voters? Folio and others apparently ignore the obvious, that as with Sheriff Glover's elections, it took many white votes to elect Mayor Brown. (Those two and some of their supporters often seem to forget that as well.)

Might it be that the Times-Union's pension-baiting stories, often at the Mayor's expense, as well as the barbs from his Council adversaries are also not having the expected effect?

Casey Stengel pointed out that as many ballgames are lost as are won. Whatever one may think of Mayor Brown, it may well be that the antics of his adversaries and critics may cause their candidate(s) to lose, more so than Mayor Brown to simply win.

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