Breaking New Records: Maria Elvira Salazar Once Again Outraises Incumbent Donna Shalala

Salazar bests Shalala for fourth time in five quarters. Reports record-breaking $1.1 million in Q3

Today, Maria Elvira Salazar announced she outraised incumbent Congresswoman Donna Shalala for the fourth time in five financial quarters since beginning her run for Congress in August 2019. Salazar will report a record-breaking $1.1 million in 2020’s third FEC financial quarter. Earlier today, Donna Shalala announced “a record” $800,000 raised for Q3, but Salazar quickly shattered the incumbent’s efforts.


Salazar’s momentum is clear. A recent survey by 1892 Polling last month showed Maria Elvira Salazar leading Donna Shalala 46%-43%. The poll, the only survey released publicly in the race, came before Shalala was found to yet again break federal law by not reporting stock transactions. In March of this year, Shalala failed to report stock she sold of TEGNA, Inc. that, just days before her transactions, announced its pending company sale was directly impacted by the coronavirus. Donna Shalala did not report the sales until almost four months later, violating the STOCK Act again after failing to disclose the 556 transactions for up to $6 million she made in 2019.

“The momentum we have is undeniable, and we’re feeling it across the district,” said Salazar. “Our community is tired of corrupt politicians like Donna Shalala benefiting themselves while in Washington rather than helping their districts. Donna Shalala has broken the law and broken our trust.”

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Born in Little Havana to parents who fled Cuba with just five dollars in their pocket, the pursuit of freedom and the American Dream was instilled into Maria Elvira Salazar at an early age. While being raised in Miami and Puerto Rico, Salazar listened as her parents told stories of the oppressive communist regime from which they escaped.

Salazar graduated from the University of Miami and later from Harvard University which she paid for herself. She began a career in journalism where she interviewed a wide range of social and political leaders, including Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Alvaro Uribe, Jose Maria Aznar, Vicente Fox, Juan Manuel Santos, Augusto Pinochet, Nicolas Maduro and, more recently, Juan Guaidó. Winning five Emmy Awards, she was recognized for her passion for freedom and uncovering the oppressive communist and socialist regimes in Latin America especially in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.

Salazar was recently named an NRCC Young Gun cementing her as a top Republican candidate for Congress.

Florida’s 27th Congressional District includes the city of Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, West Miami, Pinecrest, Key Biscayne, South Miami, North Bay Village, Cutler Bay, and Palmetto Bay.