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Rick Baker committee raises big, spends bigger in July

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Former and possibly future St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker raised nearly $85,000 for his political committee last month according to finance reports filed with the Florida Division of Elections.

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Rick Scott names board members for Enterprise Florida

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Gov. Rick Scott made two appointments and one reappointment last week to the board of Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private economic development organization. Sonya Deen Hartley, 45, of Fort Lauderdale, was appointed for a three-year term running from now till September 2019. She takes the place of Christopher Kise. Hartley, a vice president with JM Family Enterprises, also sits on the board of governors of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and is an executive board member of Associated Industries of Florida.…

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Marco Rubio announces $2.1 million nine-day fundraising haul

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After less than two weeks, Marco Rubio’s re-election campaign is showing major momentum. Politico is reporting that Rubio has flexed his fundraising muscle with more than $2.1 million raised since re-entering the race, according to an email Friday morning to supporters. “Thanks to a tremendous effort lead by Ambassador John Rood and several others,” wrote Rubio finance director Anna Rogers, “we’re thrilled to tell you we raised over $2.1M in just nine days!” Rogers added that one of Rubio’s Democratic rivals,…

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HD 15 Rep Jay Fant scores big in October fundraising haul

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Despite running unopposed, Jacksonville Republican Representative Jay Fant understands the importance of fundraising; October, with $19,700 brought in, was his best month in the current cycle. Maxing out: the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters; Florida Blue; John Rood’s Vestcor; Florida Medical Association PAC; Florida CPA PAC; Florida East Coast Industries; the Peyton family’s Gate Petroleum; and the Doctors Company Florida PAC. The Fiorentino Group, Foley and Lardner, and Morales Construction were among a passel of $500 donors, in addition to the Florida…

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State Rep. Tom Grady files lawsuit demanding Charlie Crist return contributions

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From the Naples Daily News: Linda Morton of Naples donated $500 to Gov. Charlie Crist’s Senate election campaign, while John Rood of Jacksonville, a retired U.S. ambassador, donated $4,800 to the Republican. Now they want a refund. The two have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all contributors who are demanding their money back after Crist announced he’d run as an Independent. “Crist has made it clear that he believes a candidate should not say one thing and do another,”…

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