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Putnam raises more than $1 million in three months

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam



Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam continues to be one of the state's most prolific fundraisers in the state, adding to speculation that the Republican from Polk County will make a run for governor in 2018 when Gov. Rick Scott will be unable to run for re-election because of term limits.

Just since December, Putnam raised over $1 million for a political action committee he runs called Florida Grown and has now raised just short of $4.3 million in the last 12 months, according to new campaign finance reports with the Florida Division of Elections.

Why all the money for Putnam, who because of term limits cannot seek re-election as Agriculture Commissioner?

"To advance the conservative causes of solid public policy for our state," Putnam said on Thursday.

Putnam has only spent $253,426 since Dec. 1, according to the new campaign finance reports.

Putnam's biggest donor has been Associated Industries of Florida, and a committee they run called The Voice of Florida Business PAC. Through those to vehicles, Putnam has collected $625,000 in the last 12 months - and $50,000 in just the last six days of February. Florida Power and Light has also been a big donor, giving Putnam's committee more than $250,000.

Putnam's fundraising since December has been only outdone by Scott's. Since December, Scott has raised $1.3 million for his Let's Get to Work political committee. But Scott's committee has also spent $1.6 million during that same period on, among other things, television ads and a bus tour promoting his legislative agenda.
Scott has reportedly been interested in running for the U.S. Senate in 2018, but has refused to say publicly if he is considering the race.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2016 5:55pm]


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