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Joe Kaufman
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 23
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionFounder, Americans Against Hate
Campaign website
Joe Kaufman was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 23rd Congressional District of Florida.[1] Joe Kaufman lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

He was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 23rd Congressional District of Florida. Kaufman was defeated by Karen Harrington in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[2]


Kaufman was born in Detroit, MI, in 1970. He was raised by his grandparents in Westchester, NY.[3]


  • University of Maryland, Communications


Campaign themes


Kaufman's campaign website listed the following issues:[4]

  • Reduce regulations that are suffocating economic growth : "Overregulation has increased prices, which is an enormous burden on the middle class. It is killing our ability to compete and driving jobs and capital out of our country. We must review the thousands of regulations currently in place and evaluate their necessity versus their detrimental impact. We can have clean air and water without creating a lower standard of living. When you stifle economic growth, you stifle job growth and wage increases. "
  • The National Debt: "The national debt is approaching $18 trillion. Each year, we spend more than we take in and are forced to borrow from unfriendly nations or print more money which devalues our currency and severely impacts the middle-class. Everyone knows you can’t spend more than you make. If we do not reverse course, we risk our financial ratings and could suffer severe economic collapse. The solution is to reduce spending and expand the economy, thereby increasing revenues. This can be accomplished by reducing fraud and duplication in government programs, shrinking the size of government, and cutting out wasteful and unnecessary programs. It will not require cuts to essential programs, like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Welfare. "
  • Health Care: "If left as is, Obamacare will destroy the American economy. It was sold as a program to provide health care to millions of Americans, regardless of ​pre-existing conditions, while reducing the cost to all Americans. It does neither. It was forced upon Americans against their will and by deceit. It will bankrupt the middle-class, destroy millions of jobs, and lower the standard of living for the majority of Americans. And worst of all, it will destroy the medical profession."
  • Foreign Policy: "America should never get involved in any war overseas, unless and only unless there is a direct threat to American interests. In some cases, our involvement has been entirely uncalled for and has done more harm than good, case in point: President Obama’s push to get Islamists placed in seats of power in the Middle East."
  • Immigration: "We must seal our borders. We are the only country in the world that allows people to enter illegally, thus risking the security of our nation. It is an enormous risk. The State Department has recognized that a number of terror cells within the United States have been created due to terrorists entering our country through the Mexican border. Between terrorists and drug dealers, the American residents at the border are at great risk and peril. It is the obligation of the United States Government to put their safety first. Our immigration laws were established for two reasons: to protect the American people and to protect jobs in America. Enforcing these laws now is even more important than it has been in the past. We have had effective immigration laws in place for decades; we just need to enforce them."


—Joe Kaufman's campaign website, http://www.kaufmanforcongress.com/issues.html



See also: Florida's 23rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Kaufman ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 23rd District.[1] Kaufman won the Republican nomination in the primary.[6] He was defeated by incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[7]

U.S. House, Florida District 23 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Wasserman Schultz Incumbent 62.7% 103,269
     Republican Joe Kaufman 37.3% 61,519
Total Votes 164,788
Source: Florida Division of Elections
U.S. House, Florida District 23 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Kaufman 62.6% 6,299
Juan Garcia 37.4% 3,764
Total Votes 10,063
Source: Florida Division of Elections


See also: Florida's 23rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Kaufman ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 23rd District. Kaufman was defeated by Karen Harrington in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[2]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kaufman's reports.

Joe Kaufman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]April 15, 2013$0$15,024$(13,940)$18,485
July Quarterly[9]July 15, 2013$18,485$131,297$(118,923)$30,859
October Quarterly[10]October 15, 2013$30,859$33,302$(34,376)$29,785
Year End[11]January 31, 2014$29,785$97,078$(60,748)$66,115
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2014$66,115$123,186$(114,271)$135,778
July Quarterly[13]July 14, 2014$135,778$170,585$(124,835)$181,528
Pre-Primary[14]August 14, 2014$181,528$37,456$(0)$218,985
October Quarterly[15]October 14, 2014$218,985$153,512$(91,809)$280,689
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