Adam Putnam committee hits $3 million mark
Republican Adam Putnam, long thought to be a top contender for governor in 2018, is growing one of the most dominate political fundraising committees in Florida.
New campaign finance reports show Putnam has topped $3 million in donations to a political action committee he runs called Florida Grown. In October, Putnam’s account grew by more than $600,000 thanks largely to Associated Industries of Florida and groups it is affiliated with. Three political committees with ties to AIF combined to give $450,000 in just October to the 41-year-old Republican.
Another $100,000 came from Skye Lane Properties, a Clearwater Company.
Putnam, a Polk County Republican, is in his second and final term as the state’s agriculture commissioner, after serving 10 years in Congress and 4 years in the state Legislature.
The $3 million raised for Putnam’s committee is second only to Gov. Rick Scott’s Let’s Get to Work Committee, which has raised $3.8 million through October, according to campaign finance disclosure records.
Money raised in the political action committees cannot be used directly on campaign expenses like a traditional campaign for office account. But politicians use the committees because they can collect significantly larger donations than regular campaign accounts and they can still apply the money toward activities that promote the politician or his or her views with just more restrictions.