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Florida Politics: Daniella Levine Cava re-election campaign for Miami-Dade Mayor crosses $3.5M raised

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s re-election effort crossed the $3.5 million fundraising mark last quarter, when she turned in another strong round of gains to hold onto the county’s top elected office.

Between July 1 and Sept. 30, Levine Cava collected $468,000 between her campaign account and political committee, Our Democracy — more than double what her three challengers raised in Q3.

The haul pushed her total fundraising since winning the mayoralty in November 2020 to $3.57 million.

By the beginning of this month, she had about $2.2 million left.

Levine Cava received more than 360 personal checks in Q3. The biggest was a $75,000 contribution from her mother, Lois Levine. She also took a $20,000 check from Nicholas Swerdlow, Vice President of Coconut Grove-based development firm Swerdlow Group, which is seeking county land in the Poinciana and South Dade areas.

Many other real estate interests invested in the Mayor as well. Kendall Association I, a subsidiary of private residential developer GL Homes, gave $25,000.

Krome Grove, a limited liability company owned by real estate firm The Easton Group gave $10,000. So did Broward-based infrastructure engineering firm CES Consultants, Miami-based 13th Floor Investments and Miami construction engineering company NV2A Group.

Associated Industries of Florida, a business group representing major Florida companies such as Florida Crystals, U.S. Sugar, for-profit hospital company HCA Healthcare and Florida Power & Light, also gave $10,000. A Stronger Florida, a political committee chaired by Rubin Turnbull and Associates Director of Operations Celeste Camm, gave the same.

Miami-Dade Commissioners Danielle Cohen Higgins and Micky Steinberg chipped in $1,000 each through their respective political committees. Pinecrest Council member Anna Hochkammer donated $1,000 directly.

Levine Cava spent close to $250,000 in Q3. Roughly a third went to Edge Communications, a Miami firm run by consultant Christian Ulvert, whom the Mayor tapped as her senior adviser and chief strategist in March.

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