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Nelson PAC doles out money to candidates, ramps up fundraising expenses

Gives money to Bob Casey, DEC of Florida.
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson talks to a gathering of Puerto Rican community leaders at Borinquen Health Care Center in Miami on Oct. 6. The senator met with the group to discuss ongoing relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. [Jose A. Iglesias | Miami Herald]
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson talks to a gathering of Puerto Rican community leaders at Borinquen Health Care Center in Miami on Oct. 6. The senator met with the group to discuss ongoing relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. [Jose A. Iglesias | Miami Herald]
Published Feb. 1, 2018|Updated Feb. 1, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson used his Moving America Forward PAC to prop up fellow Senate candidates, including Amy Klobuchar and Tammy Baldwin, while ramping up money on fundraising consulting.

The PAC, which reported its year-end figures on Wednesday, raised in $143,000 from July 1 to Dec. 31. It spent $110,000, and ended the year with $43,000 in the bank.

Donors include PACS for Facebook and Google, 21st Century Fox, American Bankers Association, and individuals such as Albert Maury of Leon Medical Centers, Howard Kessler of Kessler Financial Services and Ian MacKechnie of Amscot Financial.

Candidates and groups receiving Nelson money:

Bob Casey ($5,000); Democratic Executive Committee of Florida ($5,000); Joe Donnelly ($5,000); Chris Murphy ($2,500); Klobuchar ($2,500); Bob Menendez ($5,000); Nevada Senate candidate Jacky Rosen ($2,500) Tammy Baldwin ($5,000); and Sheldon Whitehouse ($5,000).

Nelson's spending was on bank fees and other costs, plus fundraising consulting by Pete Mitchell ($4,000) and compliance consulting by Jennifer Mitchell (about $13,000). The Mitchells are not related.

Sen. Marco Rubio details here.

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