Maria Elvira Salazar Outraises Incumbent Donna Shalala by 60%

Salazar reports over $504,000 compared to $313,000 for Shalala


Today, Maria Elvira Salazar reported over $504,000 in her first fundraising period. In just two months since announcing her candidacy on August 1, 2019, Salazar reported raising over 60% more than Congresswoman Donna Shalala’s $313,000 collected in her third full quarter as an incumbent.

While over 70% of Salazar’s fundraising stems from Florida donors, Donna Shalala primarily relied on help from special interests. Nearly a third of Shalala’s total was bolstered by Washington, D.C. special interests, and 70% of Shalala’s contributions outside of those groups were raised as conduit donations through the liberal fundraising organization, ActBlue.

“We have spent the last two months working hard to earn support across the district, spreading our message of defending freedom against the socialist policies from which many in our community escaped,” said Salazar. “Our outreach to voters in this great district continues as we seek to give them a voice in Washington, something that has been lacking the past nine months as Donna Shalala sits idly by as her colleagues push a socialist agenda.”

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 to the NRCC’s Young Guns “On the Radar” list signifying she is in the top tier of Republican candidates for Congress. Additionally, Salazar was endorsed by leading female Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and her E-PAC which seeks to grow the number of GOP women serving in 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.