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Putnam caps 2015 with big fundraising haul



Florida Agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam ended 2015 with quite a bang, according to new campaign finance data.

On New Year’s Eve, the Polk County Republican who is frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018 when Gov. Rick Scott’s term in office ends, raised $275,000 from three donors for a political action committee he runs called Florida Grown PC.  Those donations included $150,000 from Florida Power & Light, $100,000 from Duke Energy, and $25,000 from U.S. Sugar Corporation.

It capped off a lucrative December for Putnam’s political action committee, which raised more than $755,000 for the month, according to Florida Grown PC’s records. For the year, Putnam raised about $4 million, making him second for the year to Scott when it comes to raising money for political committees of the sort. Scott has raised over $4.4 million for his Let’s Get to Work committee.

Politicians are limited in how much money they can raise for their traditional campaign accounts. But many elected officials have created political action committees that have no limit on the size of a donation that a person can give, though there are added restrictions on how the money can be used.



[Last modified: Saturday, January 9, 2016 11:14am]


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