Garcia, who has collected $72,240 to Barreiros $170,755, said its difficult for a challenger to keep up with incumbents who often collect money from deep-pocketed lobbyists and developers.
By Norman creating whatever movement he has against these people, it gives us a chance to be recognized, Garcia said.
Barreiro said he has no qualms with Bramans fundraising, as long as its used to promote discussion of county issues. Its legal, he said.
Edmonson, who has raised $188,730 to Austins $17,043, said with Bramans bankroll, the playing field isnt fair at all. Hes spending a lot of money to make sure the people do what he wants them to do. Hes gone too far, she said.
Countered Austin: Optimally, if I had it my own way, Id love to be able to raise $200,000 without Bramans help. But thats not likely to happen for a challenger, she said.
In other races Jordan has gathered $184,364 to Gibsons $20,960, and Mosss $125,231 trumps Penas $12,250.
Braman is not involved in a fifth commission race to replace Martinez, the commission chairman who is running for mayor.
In that open-seat contest, former state Rep. Juan Carlos Zapata has raised $175,548 almost three times as much as the $60,445 collected by Manny Machado, a Miami-Dade police detective on leave while he runs for office. A third candidate, Javier Muñoz, has raised $3,330.
No contest has drawn more attention or dollars than the mayors race.
In Miami-Dade, mayoral candidates usually need to raise at least $1 million to be competitive. In 2004, Alvarez, who raised about $1.5 million, defeated former Commissioner Jimmy Morales, whose fundraising surpassed $2 million. Last year, Gimenez raked in about $1 million, compared to about $1.6 million collected by former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina.
Gimenez is nearing the $1-million mark this year, raising $968,939. Fundraising totals for Martinez, who entered the race in January, lag far behind, at $254,338.
But with political committees of their own, the two candidates actually have far larger campaign war chests.
Get It Done, an ECO linked to Martinez, has raised more than $386,000 $115,200 of that in the last quarter. And since his election last year, Gimenezs ECO, Common Sense Now, has raised $1.3 million.
Five other candidates vying for the mayoral post Edna Diaz, Gary Delano Johnson, Farid Khavari, Helen Barbary Williams and Denny Wood each have raised less than $10,000, and, in some cases, less than $1,000.
The other countywide race on the ballot, for Miami-Dade property appraiser, shows incumbent Pedro Garcia trailing his only challenger, state Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera. Lopez-Cantera, a term-limited Miami Republican who has Bramans support, has raked in $148,775 more than twice as much as Garcias $71,720.
A previous version of this story misstated that Miami-Dade District 9 candidate Alice Pena was President of the Dade County Farm Bureau.