Over a five day period last week – March 25 to March 29 – the Tallahassee-based fundraising machine “Let’s Get to Work” hauled in nearly one million from 189 different sources, with the largest chunk a $500,000 donation from Saint Petersburg entertainment impressario and mortgage refinancing giant Bill Edwards.
Other big named contributors during that period included: West Palm Beach developer E. Llwyd Ecclestone, who gave $50,000; a trust for Board of Education appointee Gary Chartrand, $50,000; University Park developer Randell Benderson, $100,000; Robert Stork of Vero Beach, $125,000; U.S. Sugar in Clewiston, $100,000; the Florida Freedom Council, $100,000; and Leon Advertising & Public Relations of Miami, $100,000.
The contributions come as officially announced Democratic candidate Nan Rich will have to release her first quarter fundraising report for 2013, due April 10.
Rich, a former state legislator, entered the race nearly a year ago but remains in the shadow of the Republican-turned-independent-
Meanwhile, “Let’s Get to Work” has pulled in $3.53 million this year, with nearly $2.25 million arriving in March. Last year, the committee collected $4.79 million.
Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.