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George Soros has picked his candidate in the Florida governor’s race

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum speaks at the meeting of the Tiger Bay Club at the Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee on May 31, 2017. (Hali Tauxe/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
Published May 7, 2018
Updated May 7, 2018

Andrew Gillum's governor campaign raised about $450,000 in April. More than half of that sum came from one person: billionaire George Soros.

Soros, the liberal mega donor and bogeyman to conservatives, gave $250,000 to a Forward Florida, a Gillum associated political committee in April. Combine that with two six-figure donations in 2017, and Soros' contributions to Gillum now total $450,000. The Soros family has given half a million dollars to Gillum's cause in all.

The sizable donation contributed to Gillum's largest fundraising month of 2018. The Tallahassee mayor pulled in $447,711 between his campaign ($114,211) and Forward Florida ($333,500).

"Mayor Gillum, the son of a construction worker and a bus driver, is proud to have thousands of Floridians supporting him in this race, as well as one of the most prominent Democratic donors in America," Gillum spokesman Geoff Burgan told the Times in a statement.

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But Gillum's campaign continues to rely heavily on large donations to his PAC for fundraising. Collective Future, the 501(c)(4) that had been Gillum's largest donor of 2018 before Soros' April check, gave another $35,000 to Gillum in April.

To read more about Gillum's relationship with Collective Future, check out our past coverage here.

And to read more about the Soros family's support of Gillum, check out this story.

No matter who's cutting the checks, Gillum may now have the cash to battle Democratic opponents Gwen Graham, Philip Levine and Chris King well into the summer.

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