State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, announced in a release that he raised more than $817,000 in the first full month of his campaign for governor.
The sum — almost three times the $300,000 haul of the top fundraising Democrat, Gwen Graham — includes both the $667,000 raised by Latvala’s campaign and the more than $150,000 raised by his political committee, Florida Leadership Committee.
But even that substantial figure paled in comparison to the fundraising prowess of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who raised more than $1.18 million between his campaign and political committee.
Spokeswoman Amanda Bevis said Putnam has raised $19.19 million to date from 6,312 contributors.
Latvala said in the release that he was pleased with the fundraising start.
“Since entering the governor’s race, I have been overwhelmed by the positive response from residents around the state,” Latvala said.
As for the other Democratic candidates, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum announced he pulled in $78,000 between his campaign and its associated political committee.
“Despite pausing our fundraising emails and activity so Mayor Gillum could focus on Tallahassee’s robust response to Hurricane Irma, we are pleased that grassroots and small dollar donors continue showing Mayor Gillum strong support throughout Florida,” Gillum communications director Geoff Burgan said in a statement. “These regular people are the ones funding and powering our campaign, not wealthy corporate donors.”
Orlando entrepreneur Chris King took in $148,044.29 between his campaign and its associated political committee.
“Despite being a newcomer to politics, Chris King continues to remain competitive with career politicians with deep institutional and establishment support,” campaign spokesman Hari Sevugan said in a release.