Norman Braman's Money Gives Challengers Better Shot At Miami-Dade Commission Seats

07/17/2012 08:44 am ET | Updated Sep 16, 2012
  • Miami Herald

Newly released campaign finance reports show long-entrenched Miami-Dade commissioners in auto magnate Norman Braman's crosshairs are facing unprecedented fundraising pressure, and County Mayor Carlos Gimenez enjoys an enormous financial edge over chief rival Joe Martinez for the August election.

The four incumbent commissioners up for reelection -- Bruno Barreiro, Audrey Edmonson, Barbara Jordan and Dennis Moss -- still enjoy large fundraising leads. But that money is being countered by Braman's two political groups: an electioneering communications organization called Change for Miami-Dade Now, and a political action committee called Vote For a New Miami-Dade. The two fundraising tools created by the billionaire businessman so far have collected a combined $440,000.

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