Political Tidbits: Campaign Finance Reports


If his Florida House campaign keeps on the same path, Chris Chiari is going to be a three-time loser.

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Chris Chiari


Campaigning the third time for Florida House, Chiari reported collecting no money in the Third Quarter ending September 30.

The Democrat earlier ran two losing races for District 91 against state Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale

This time he has moved his candidacy to southwest Broward and House District 100, now occupied by state Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania.

Jenne has collected a total of $20,700. That’s not the greatest showing for an incumbent. Then again he is up against Chiari with no donations and only $1,000 he loaned himself.

Chiari told me a few weeks ago he hadn’t begun fund raising yet. He had better start….soon.  

No matter why he believes Jenne should be rejected, voters will never hear his message unless he has money to spread it.


County court candidate Jeffrey Backman’s campaign is rolling along. 

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Jeffrey Backman

Backman, son of Circuit Court Judge Paul Backman, has received about $19,000 in the Third Quarter. 

He now has a total of  about $45,000 in campaign donations to date. Included in that figure is $100 from County Commissioner Ken Keechl.

His current opponent is Mardi Anne Cohen, who has $1,650.

But it’s months until the filing period for judicial seats. New candidates could pop up and existing ones could switch seats.


Keechl has dramatically slowed the pace of his fund raising in the Third Quarter ending September 30.

The county commissioner, whose re-election is unopposed,  took in just $11,075.

That compares with $81,420 in the Second Quarter and $230,350 in the First Quarter.

Keechl now has collected over $322,800 (He loaned himself $500.) and has spent just over $68,000, mostly for meals at restaurants, $3,100-a-month rent for a campaign office from Ted Adcock and campaign consulting from BKG Inc. of Fort Lauderdale.

2 Responses to “Political Tidbits: Campaign Finance Reports”

  1. Chiari Is Finished says:

    Democrats in Broward are pretty well united behind the concept that Chris Chiari is finished in Broward politics. His tactics with Evan Jenne are considered back stabbing and underhanded and basically he’s been written off as anyone worthy of widespread support. That’s why he has not raised any money and it explains why he will be unable to do so in the future.

  2. truth says:

    Chris will eat his own, he is DONE