Which special interests are donating to leading contender to be the next governor of Florida
The biggest industries in Florida continue to line up to write checks to win over the Republican that most expect to be a leading contender for governor in 2018.
Since Sept. 1, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has raised more than $300,000 - a third of that from Disney Worldwide Services - for a political action committee he controls called Florida Grown. Since the start of 2015, Putnam has now raised over $6 million for that fund and spent just over $2 million, the latest campaign finance reports released today show.
Since the start of 2015, only Gov. Rick Scott has raised more money for a political action committee affiliated with an elected official than Putnam. Scott has raised just over $7 million in his committee called Let’s Get To Work.
Putnam, a former Congressman from Polk County, is half way through his second four-year term as the state’s agriculture commissioner and cannot seek re-election because of term limits.
The top donor to Putnam has been Associated Industries of Florida, a powerful Tallahassee-based business trade group. AIF’s PAC and two other groups affiliated with AIF (The Voice of Florida PAC and Floridians for a Stronger Democracy) have combined to give $850,000 to Putnam’s Florida Grown committee.
Also among Putnam’s top donors: U.S. Sugar Corporation, Florida Power & Light, Florida Jobs PAC (a PAC associated with the Florida Chamber of Commerce) and Publix Super Markets. Those donors all gave Putnam at least $160,000 since the start of 2015.
Florida Grown's Top Donors:
$400,000 - The Voice of Florida Business
$400,000 - Florida Jobs PAC
$350,000 - AIF PAC
$281,275 - Florida Power and Light
$235,000 - Disney Worldwide Services
$210,000 - US Sugar Corporation
$160,000 - Publix Super Markets
$160,000 - Florida Retail Federation Political Committee