Saturday, June 16, 2018
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Moody, Shaw set fundraising pace in Florida Attorney General race

As the state attorney general's race draws toward the August primary, former Hillsborough circuit judge Ashley Moody remains the dominant fundraiser from sources other than her own money.

But one of her opponents in the Republican primary, Rep. Frank White, R-Pensacola, has more cash in the bank after heavily self-funding his campaign.

On the Democratic side, state Rep. Sean Shaw of Tampa is the financial frontrunner over Tampa consumer lawyer Ryan Torrens, but their numbers are much smaller than the Republicans'.

The figures:

* In April, Moody outraised White and Rep. Jay Fant, R-Jacksonville, with a combined $325,160 for her campaign and independent political committee. White raised $161,747 in April and Fant $18,065.

* For the campaign to date, Moody has brought in $2,192,616 in both her campaign and independent committee, and has $1,712,691 remaining after expenses.

* White has raised $2,420,949 to date in his campaign and committee. Including his contribution of $1.5 million to his own campaign, he has $2,090,242 in cash.

* Fant has raised $535,673 total so far in his campaign and committee, plus a $750,000 loan from himself. He has about $839,300 in cash.

In addition to his own contribution to his campaign, White's committee, United Conservatives, has been heavily supported by his wife's family, the Sansing family of Pensacola, who own a string of car dealerships where he works.

White's $1.5 million contribution came from a joint account with his wife. Fant has not revealed the source of the cash for his loan to his campaign.

On the Democratic side:

* Shaw of Tampa raised $131,551 in April for his campaign and committee, for total fundraising so far of $414,348. He has about $306,300 in cash.

* Consumer foreclosure lawyer Ryan Torrens of Tampa raised $5,327 in April for his campaign for a total of $100,419 to date, plus about $3,000 in in-kind contributions from Torrens to his campaign. He has about $4,300 in cash.

In a statement, Torrens criticized Shaw for accepting contributions from what he called "big corporate special interests" including Dosal Tobacco, TECO Energy; Amscot; Walmart and Verizon.

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