Sen. John Thasher's re-election fundraising slows amid bid for FSU presidency


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – State Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, has raised little money in recent months as he runs for re-election while also moving toward becoming president of Florida State University.

Thrasher collected $2,800 in contributions from Sept. 13 to Sept. 26 and had raised only $22,500 since May 1, according to a newly filed finance report. Thrasher had raised an overall total of $274,550 for his re-election bid in Senate District 6, while spending $240,163.

The vast majority of the money was raised in 2013 and early 2014, and most of the spending took place before Thrasher won an Aug. 26 Republican primary. The Florida State University Board of Trustees last week selected Thrasher to become the school's new president, but the appointment will not become final until ratified by the university system's Board of Governors. That is expected to happen in November, after the general election.

As a result, Thrasher is continuing to run in the heavily Republican district. If he wins in November and then becomes FSU president, a special election would have to be called.

Thrasher's Democratic opponent, Kathleen Trued, had raised a total of $5,564 as of Sept. 12, while no-party candidate Greg Feldman had raised $1,870 as of Sept. 26, according to reports posted on the state Division of Elections website.