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Potential 2018 governor candidate already tops $7M raised in political committee



The Republican many expect to run for governor started 2017 off with a bang financially.

At the start of January, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam collected a $250,000 donation check from Florida Power and Light - the largest single donation Putnam has received yet for a political committee he runs called Florida Grown PC.

That donation also helped Putnam top $7 million raised since he created Florida Grown in 2015. He’s spent just over $2 million out of that fund, but still holds nearly $5 million in the account.

Florida Power and Light now has given a total of $587,000 to Putnam’s account since the start 2015. That makes the utility company the largest single donor to Florida Grown, narrowly edging out the Voice of Florida Business, a political committee run by Associated Industries of Florida, which gave $500,000. Another fund controlled by AIF gave $425,000 to Putnam’s committee.

FPL is also a major donor to AIF’s funds. FPL has given more than $2.6 million combined to the Voice of Florida Business and AIF since 2014.

Putnam has not declared for governor, but speculation that he will was everywhere during the Republican Party of Florida’s Annual Meetings last weekend. RPOF chairman Blaise Ingoglia went so far to tell GOP activists that if Putnam and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran both run for governor in 2018, he would remain neutral even though he works with Corcoran in the Florida House.

Here are Florida Grown PC’s Top 10 Donors

1. $587,000 -  Florida Power & Light
2. $500,000 - Voice of Florida Business
3. $425,000 - Associated Industries of Florida
4. $400,000 - Florida Jobs PAC
5. $235,398 - Disney Worldwide Services
6. $210,000 - U.S. Sugar Corporation
7. $160,000 - Publix Supermarkets
8. $160,000 - Florida Retail Federation
9. $125,000 - FCCI Services Inc
10. $110,000 - Duke Energy

[Last modified: Monday, January 23, 2017 12:20pm]


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