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Gwen Graham hits $2.25M mark after first month on campaign trail

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Gwen Graham has topped the $2 million mark after just one month on the campaign trail. Graham’s campaign announced Tuesday that she has already raised more than $2.25 million, surpassing the $2 million raised by Democratic rival Chris King. According to Graham’s campaign, the former U.S. representative raised $1.5 million in May — $430,000 to her official campaign account and more than $1 million toward Our Florida Political Committee, the political committee backing her 2018 run. “I’m humbled by the…

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Adam Putnam fundraising shows ‘grassroots support,’ campaign says

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Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam, who is sitting on $10 million in cash-on-hand from contributions, has released fundraising numbers showing what his campaign calls his “wide range of grassroots support.” The numbers came in a Thursday email from Amanda Bevis, Putnam’s campaign spokeswoman. He’s now finishing his second term as Florida’s elected agriculture commissioner; he is term-limited in that post in 2018. He “collected more than $2.1 million in the first month (May) since he filed to run for Governor of Florida, with…

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Jeff Clemens endorses Andrew Gillum for governor

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Add Sen. Jeff Clemens to the list of Democratic leaders backing Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. The Gillum campaign announced Wednesday that Clemens, the Senate Democratic Leader-designate, has endorsed Gillum’s 2018 gubernatorial bid. In a statement, Clemens called Gillum a “bold leader whose vision will transform Florida.” “Andrew will prioritize the people we serve, not the privileged few who have had their way in Tallahassee for decades,” said Clemens. “Strong values like top-flight education for every child, an economy that works…

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Adam Putnam plays down aides’ departure from his campaign for governor

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Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam suggested Tuesday that the departure of two key aides from his campaign for governor was no big deal. “You’re always adjusting and modifying as you move forward,” Putnam said, adding that he wished both ex-staffers well. Speaking to reporters following Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Putnam emphasized the crowds at his campaign stops thus far. “We had a fantastic launch — 2000 people in downtown Bartow; a minimum of 22 stops across the state. You missed a…

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Jack Latvala tells Pensacola crowd that Tallahassee’s becoming too much like D.C.

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If Jack Latvala runs for governor — and, mind you, he’s not saying he is — it would be to keep career politicians from taking over Tallahassee like they have done in Washington. “They start out as legislative aides, they become House members, then they become senators, with very minimal experience in the real world,” Latvala told an audience in Pensacola Friday. “The real world, to me, is making a payroll, paying workers’ comp insurance. We couldn’t get a workers’…

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Deep-dive into Florida gubernatorial candidate’s fundraising efforts

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Three Democrats and one Republican running so far for the 2018 Florida governor’s race are starting out with war chests built with big checks, from such sources as August A. Busch, George Soros, David King and Wayne Hogan, mainly cut to their independent political committees that have no limits. Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam leads the pack — by far — but had an enormous head start on the others. Putnam’s Florida Grown PC opened in March 0f 2015, followed by…

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Adam Putnam fundraising panel notches over $800,000 for April

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The political committee of Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam posted more than $800,000 in contributions for the month of April, the state’s campaign finance website shows. Florida Grown reported $809,156 in fundraising and $276,479 in expenditures for the month. That brings the committee’s total take since its February 2015 formation to $11.3 million in contributions. It also spent nearly $3.1 million, records show, for a cash-on-hand amount of about $8.2 million. Putnam, the sitting Agriculture Commissioner, announced his candidacy Wednesday…

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