Politics

Florida Congressional Candidate Laura Loomer Outraises Incumbent Lois Frankel in Third Quarter

Laura Loomer, who is running for a U.S. House seat in Florida, has outraised incumbent Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) in the third quarter.

Loomers candidacy has attracted attention outside of the state because shes one of a growing number of people who have been banned from multiple platforms, such as Twitter and Paypal, an effort by big tech companies that has brought increasing criticism from federal lawmakers and officials, including President Donald Trump.

Federal Election Commission records show Loomer raised $154,311 in the third quarter, despite being without a platform on major social media websites.

Frankel, 71, raised around $104,000 in the third quarter. Frankel has raised $435,191 since the beginning of the year.

Frankel represents Floridas 21st Congressional district. She has been in Congress since 2013. She was a member of Floridas House of Representatives from 1987 to 1993 and 1995 to 2003.

Loomer, 26, a political activist and journalist, announced her run for Frankels seat on Aug. 2.

The fundraising total indicates Loomer is the top Republican candidate in the race. Michael Bluemling, Jr., a combat veteran, came in second in fundraising on the GOP side but managed just $20,937.

Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) speaks during a news conference on immigration to condemn the Trump Administrations “zero tolerance” immigration policy, outside the US Capitol on June 13, 2018, in Washington. (Photo by Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images)

Loomer has previously attracted attention for a variety of stunts and confrontations, including bringing men she said were illegal aliens onto the California property of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Loomer also confronted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) over accusations that the Somalian immigrant married her brother for immigration fraud purposes.

In a statement, Loomer said she was humbled by the contributions.

“Im humbled at the outpouring of support for my campaign,” said Loomer. “Despite the radicaRead More – Source