National and state campaigns in Florida raked in $12.8 million in one week
TAMPA — When Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ran for re-election 10 years ago, the brother of the sitting president raised $7.6 million.
One week this June, Florida political interests raked in $12.8 million.
Enough money to eliminate the $1.25 toll on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for nine months. Or to pay the salaries of 284 Florida public schoolteachers. Or to cover four-fifths of the Tampa Bay Rays' starting rotation.
In one week.
The $12.8 million haul — documented by the Tampa Bay Times in a first-of-its-kind analysis — is just a snapshot of the political money moving in and out of this battleground state, including this week in Tampa for the Republican National Convention.
But what a picture it is.