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Pinellas Young Republicans to host annual convention in St. Pete this weekend

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A host of top GOP leaders, including a couple of statewide candidates for 2018, will speak to a group of up and coming Party members this weekend at the annual Florida Federation of Young Republicans Convention. Presented by the Pinellas County Young Republicans, the convention is June 9-10 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Among the weekend’s speakers are state Sens. Jack Latvala and Denise Grimsley, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, as well as presentations from Grow PAC and Innovate Florida. Putnam…

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Bill Galvano committee brings in over $360K in five days

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Bradenton Sen. Bill Galvano’s political committee pulled in more than $360,000 between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, giving the future Senate president plenty of ammo to help his fellow Republican senators win re-election. “Innovate Florida” kicked off the three-day fundraising spree with a $100,000 check from Cuban-American billionaire Miguel Fernandez Oct. 31, followed by a $12,500 haul Nov. 1 and $160,500 Nov. 2. The Nov. 2 report shows $25,000 apiece coming in from the Associated Industries of Florida’s political committees…

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Republican Senate leaders raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in run up to primary elections

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Top Senate Republicans raised brought in big hauls through their political committees over the past two weeks according to newly filed finance reports. Between Aug. 13 and Aug. 25, Fort Meyers Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto brought in $142,500 through her “Protect Florida Families” committee, including $50,000 checks from Trilby Sen. Wilton Simpson’s “Jobs for Florida” committee and Sen. Bill Galvano’s “Innovate Florida” committee. Benacquisto’s PAC contributed $200,000 of its balance to “Truth Matters Inc.,” the committee behind ads attacking her primary…

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Utilities, trial lawyers give big in recent reporting period

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Florida candidates and committees collected more than $10.5 million in contributions for the July 30 through Aug. 5 reporting period, though a lot of that money can be tagged to a handful of players. More than a quarter of that total came from utility companies pumping money into Consumers for Smart Solar, the committee backing the solar initiative on the November ballot. Duke Energy led the cadre of power companies with a $1.5 million check to Smart Solar, with FPL,…

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Republican committees post 6-figure hauls in first days of 2016

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Lawmakers could only raise money for the first 11 days of the year, but that didn’t stop some of the top Republicans in Legislature the posting six-figure hauls to start the year. Campaign and committee finance reports aren’t due until Wednesday, though Sen. Bill Galvano’s political committee, Innovate Florida, leads early filers after posting $216,000 raised in January. That haul came across in just 31 contributions, including three checks for $25,000 from the Florida Medical Association PAC, optometry group OD-EYEPAC,…

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