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Breaking down Senate candidates' super PACs



In the race for Florida's open Senate seat, super PACs backing would-be Marco Rubio successors are stockpiling funds.

Among the four Republicans and one Democrat with super PACs supporting them, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy's -- Floridians for a Strong Middle Class -- raised the most in the last three months, according to Federal Election Commission reports, bringing in $405,000 and entering April with $841,346 on hand.

But U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis has more money, about $1.2 million, sitting in the bank. Fighting for Florida Fund, which supports the Ponte Vedra Beach Republican, raised $240,000 from January to March.

It's illegal for campaigns to coordinate with super PACs, but the committees align with one candidate and are allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts.

FloridAmerican Conservatives, which backs U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, brought in $171,000 and has $272,629 cash on hand.

The committee backing Republican Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera of Miami, called Reform Washington, raised $80,000 to have $740,497 on hand.

And Manatee County homebuilder Carlos Beruff raised no money in his newly minted super PAC, called Lets Clean Up Washington.

Two candidates do not have super PACs. They are Republican Todd Wilcox, a defense contractor from Orlando, and U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando.

[Last modified: Monday, April 18, 2016 12:25pm]


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