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Which special interests are donating to leading contender to be the next governor of Florida

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

OCTAVIO JONES/Times

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

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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
 

[Last modified: Friday, October 21, 2016 6:48pm]

    

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