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Dem gov contender Philip Levine up to $4 million in political committee

Philip Levine

Tampa Bay Times

Philip Levine

Sending a message that he could be the Democratic gubernatorial candidate best-equipped to compete financially with the GOP nominee, Philip Levine says he now has  about $4-million in his political committee -- considerably more than already-announced candidates Chris King, Gwen Graham, and Andrew Gillum.

Levine, the Miami Beach mayor who made more than $100 million in the cruise ship industry, in June raised $1.7-million from as-yet-undisclosed donors and contributed another $300,000 of his own money, his campaign said. He had already kicked off his All About Florida committee in May with a $2-million donation to fund his to travel acriss the state exploring a run for governor. He recently hosted 

Levine, 55, is among Florida's top Democratic donors and fundraisers but has left the door open to running as an independent candidate. He has also said he is open to self-funding the entire campaign if he runs, but his campaign suggests that in a $100 million race, the vast majority would be raised and that Levine has the ability to do that. He recently hosted the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami Beach, where city leaders from across the country gathered to discuss priorities such as infrastructure, local control, and climate change.

 “Mayor Levine is focused on traveling the state to talk with Floridians who are eager to see fresh leadership with a record of getting things done. As he continues to hear from Floridians, Mayor Levine is more committed than ever to ensure Florida is best positioned to be the future state and June is proof positive that his message is being well received,” said senior adviser Christian Ulvert.

Updated financial information covering June have not been released yet by the other candidates but Republican frontrunner Adam Putnam is pulling away in the money race. His campaign says he has raised about $15 million to date, $13 million of that through his Florida First political committee


[Last modified: Thursday, July 6, 2017 12:02pm]


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