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Fundraising race for '16 Fla Senate presidency: Joe Negron $960k, Jack Latvala $124k



The race for the 2016 Florida Senate presidency between Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and Joe Negron, R-Stuart, appears close and unpredictable. But in the all-important contest of raising money to help win over and elect allies in the state senate, Negron is blowing Latvala out of the water.

Stuart's political committee, Treasure Coast Alliance, raised $961,000 in its first month and spent just $742. Top donors included MCNA Health Care Holdings LLC, Florida Power & Light, Florida Power & Light,  and Coral Gables health-care executive Miguel Fernandez, each of whom gave $50,000. Fernandez is also the top donor to Rick Scott's Let's Get to Work committee, giving $1-million earlier this year.

Latvala's Florida Leadership Committee has raised $269,000 since mid-September, including $145,000 transferred from a prior Latvala committee. Top donors included Bayfront 2011 Development LLC, which wants to bring a resort casino to Miami and gave $30,000 and the public employees union ASCME, which gave $25,000.

[Last modified: Friday, December 13, 2013 9:04am]

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