Former Hillsborough Circuit Judge Ashley Moody got the support from incumbent Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi before she even officially announced for the job.

Even with three other Republicans in the race — Jay FantRoss Spano, Frank White  and one long-shot Democrat, Ryan Torrens, it's clear that Moody seems to be the clear favorite.

On Monday, her campaign reminded everyone of this, announcing a statewide finance committee of heavy hitters, including top lobbyists Brian Ballard, Dean Cannon and Michael Corcoran. This campaign won't be cash starved.

Here's the announcement:


TAMPA, FL – Today, the Ashley Moody campaign released its Finance Committee consisting of nearly three dozen leaders from throughout the state.

“It’s humbling to have the support of so many business, civic and legal leaders from around Florida.  Each and every individual on our finance team is not just accomplished professionally, but well-respected in their community,” Moody said.

“Our team also recognizes and understands the importance of having an Attorney General who can lead the office on Day One and keep Florida safe. The security of our state depends on having an Attorney General who understands what it takes to put criminals behind bars and strengthen our criminal justice system.  With the help of our finance team, grassroots leaders, and campaign supporters we’ll continue sharing our conservative message with every voter throughout the state,” Moody finished.

Moody for Attorney General Statewide Finance Committee
Carlos Alfonso George Gainer Roberto Martinez
Brian Ballard Robert Gidel Randall McElheney
Rodney Barreto David Heekin Paul Mitchell
Bennett Barrow Jim Holton Paul Perez
Glen Blauch Bill Horne Ed Pozzuoli
Dean Cannon Jim Horne Wayne Rosen
Doug Cone Justin Kaplan Domingo Sanchez
Mike Corcoran Cody Khan William Merrill Stainton
Bill Edwards Frank Kruppenbacher Trey Traviesa
Elizabeth Marie Fago Ron LaFace Dr. Peter A. Wish
Blake Fletcher Rhea Law Jordan Zimmerman
George LeMieux

To learn more about members of the Moody for Attorney General Finance Committee, click here.

About Ashley Moody

Ashley Moody, a fifth-generation Floridian, was born and raised in Hillsborough County.  She attended the University of Florida where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and juris doctor. She later attended Stetson University College of Law earning a Masters of Law in International Law.

Ashley began her legal career with the law firm of Holland & Knight where she practiced commercial litigation.  While at Holland & Knight, she was recognized as one of Tampa Bay’s “40 under 40” distinguished lawyers for her professional and civic contributions.  While in private practice, she volunteered assisting domestic violence victims complete injunction petitions and served on a Victims of Crime Act Grant Review Committee.

Ashley subsequently joined the United States Attorney’s Office prosecuting drug, firearm, and fraud offenses.  While a federal prosecutor, Ashley was commended by the DEA for prosecutorial excellence and outstanding initiative in drug law enforcement.  She was also recognized by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for her lead of “Operation Round-Up,” a targeted prosecution of violent and repeat offenders.

In 2006, at the age of thirty-one, Ashley became the youngest judge in Florida when she was elected Circuit Court Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County.  As a judge, she founded the Attorney Ad Litem program recruiting volunteer attorneys to stand in the place of parents who did not appear in court with their children.  She also developed a mentoring program for at-risk children within the juvenile delinquency system. Ashley previously served as the President of two American Inns of Court and Chairperson of both the Pro Bono and Professionalism Committees for Hillsborough County.

Ashley served as an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law and on the judicial faculty for Florida’s New Judges College, Advanced Judicial Studies, and the Circuit Judges Conference. She is a frequent lecturer on crime and justice as well as best practices for Florida attorneys. In 2015, Judge Moody was recognized by the national Legal Services Corporation for her significant contributions to pro bono legal service and was awarded the Florida Supreme Court’s Distinguished Judicial Service Award.

Ashley lives with her husband, Justin, a federal law enforcement agent, in Tampa, Florida with their two sons, Brandon and Connor.