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In a "slow" month, Pam Bondi still expands fundraising lead



The streak continues.

Attorney General Pam Bondi raised more money in February than her three challengers -- $92,548 from her two committees and $184,000 with her own campaign for a total of $276,548.

That’s slightly less than the $325,293 Bondi raised in January and her contributions still show a heavy reliance on party money. About 25 percent of her take in February, about $69,000, came via the Republican Party of Florida.

But she’s built a warchest of about $2.3 million that her challengers will need to hustle just to approach.

For Democrats, it’s between former secretary for the Florida Department of Children and Families, George Sheldon and Florida House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale.

Sheldon raised more, about $71,000 compared to Thurston’s $56,024 for February (although Thurston’s campaign put out a release Monday trumpeting the $67,000 that Thurston had raised from February to the “start of the legislative session” -- meaning Thurston included three days in March).

Sheldon’s February total nearly doubled what he had raised since announcing his run late last year. Through February, Sheldon has a total of $150,255. Thurston trails at $94,518.

The Libertarian candidate, Bill Wohlsifer, has yet to emerge as a serious fundraising force in the race. He raised $2,162 in February, bringing his total to $3,784.

[Last modified: Monday, March 10, 2014 9:15pm]


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