ICYMI: Aaron Bean Triples Erick Aguilar’s Second Quarter Fundraising in CD 4

FEC Reports Reveal Aguilar Continued his Fraudulent Fundraising into June 2022

Fernandina Beach, Fla. – In case you missed it, Florida Politics yesterday highlighted that Republican candidate for Florida Congressional District 4 Aaron Bean tripled his opponent’s second quarter fundraising, along with more evidence of Aguilar’s fraudulent fundraising having continued into June 2022.

The Florida Politics story highlighted, “Aaron Bean, the presumptive front-runner in Florida’s 4th Congressional District, more than tripled opponent Erick Aguilar’s second quarter haul in the Republican Primary, despite Bean only raising money for one month of the quarter.”

Regarding Aguilar duping seniors and others across the country to solicit contributions, Florida Politics noted that “…[Aguilar] deals with the fallout from accusations he deliberately misled seniors and others in campaign fundraising solicitations. The pitch made it look like the money would go to former President Donald Trump or Gov. Ron DeSantis, but instead went to Aguilar.”

Florida Politics also shed light on new information about Aguilar’s accounts stating that: 

“Aguilar also raised $44,741 for his federal committee, Defend Liberty, but transferred $40,000 on June 30 to his campaign account, leaving a little more than $333 in the committee’s account.

“How Aguilar raised his money — in repeated small-dollar donations from people nationwide through alleged deceptive means — covered both the campaign and Defend Liberty. For instance, a South Carolina woman gave Defend Liberty between $5 and $25 repeatedly. 

“She’d already given more than $200 before this reporting period. Then she sent in contributions on April 24, 25, 26, 28 and 30; May 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21 and 28; ending with every day June 1-17.

“She closed out the reporting period with $791 in contributions to Defend Liberty.

“In addition to shifting $40,000 to his campaign account, Aguilar used the Defend Liberty committee to pay $2,500 over three months to WinRight Strategies of Coconut Creek.

“The largest group of disbursements from the campaign account went to the Arkansas-based consulting firm Reed + Company — more than $71,260 over April, May and June. The firm terminated its agreement with Aguilar after allegations about his fundraising practices came to light.

“’We’ve never been involved or approved any of the online fundraising strategies put together by Nick Britton at WinRight Strategies and approved by Erick Aguilar,’ Lance Watson, Florida director for Reed + Company, said at the time. ‘We were not made aware of the story about the dubious emails until we read about it Friday morning.’

“Over the reporting period, the campaign paid WinRight nearly $57,800, along with nearly $3,000 to Arkansas firm OutKri Digital and a little more than $2,000 to AD Marketing of Jacksonville.”

Saddened and angered by the shameful fundraising tactics used by Aguilar, Bean last week called for a state and federal investigation into his opponent’s deceitful campaign activities. To read the release, click here.

Bean currently represents the people of Nassau and Duval counties in the Florida Senate, serving in the Republican-led Senate as its Senate President Pro Tempore. Elected to the Senate in 2012 and to the Florida House before that, Bean has been a noted advocate for lowering taxes on hardworking Floridians and focusing on pro-business, pro-family initiatives and supporting the Florida freedom agenda and policies of Governor DeSantis. Bean has long served his local community, while raising a family and running a small business, with a focus on knowing what it means to work hard every day and on what his community needs. 

For more information on the Aaron Bean for Congress campaign, visit AaronBean.com.

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