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Wilton Simpson hauls in big fundraising checks for his political committee

The Trinity Republican is slated to become Senate president in 2020.
Sen. Wilton Simpson, R- Trilby, examines papers as he enters the Florida Capitol on May 1 during the last week of the 60-day legislative session. (SCOTT KEELER | Times)
Published Jun. 18

A political committee led by Sen. Wilton Simpson, a Trilby Republican who is slated to become Senate president next year, collected big chunks of money during the first half of June, according to information on the committee’s website.

The committee, known as Jobs for Florida, had pulled in $190,000 as of June 13, with most of the money coming in three checks. Those contributions were $75,000 from a Florida Chamber of Commerce PAC; $50,000 from an Associated Industries of Florida PAC; and $50,000 from Harvest Enterprises, Inc., an Arizona-based cannabis company.

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The Simpson committee had about $735,000 in cash on hand as of May 31, according to a filing with the state Division of Elections. It will have to file a full June disclosure report with the state by July 10.

Simpson is in line to become Senate president after the November 2020 elections.

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