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Philip Levine attributes lack of fundraising to hurricanes

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A spokesman for Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who is widely expected to jump into next year’s race for governor, Friday explained his political committee’s lack of fundraising for September. “In the month of September, Mayor Levine was solely focused on helping a number of communities prepare and weather Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and therefore made a decision to pause all fundraising activities for his political committee,” said Christian Ulvert, spokesman for Levine and All About Florida, the committee.

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Airbnb opens Florida political committee with $1 million

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Airbnb, the online marketplace that allows people to find and rent vacation homes, has formed a political committee in Florida, state campaign finance records show. “People versus the Powerful” was formed April 6 for the purpose of  “supporting or opposing statewide, legislative, multi-county and local candidates,” according to its statement of organization. Its chairman is Tomas Martinelli of Miami, Airbnb’s Florida director of public policy and a former Florida Department of Transportation official. For the committee’s first month of existence, the San Francisco-based company…

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Adam Putnam fundraising committee, Florida Grown, raised $218K in June

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Florida Grown, the political committee that likely will fuel Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam‘s bid for higher office, posted more than $218,000 in contributions for June. That’s up from about $185,000 in contributions in May. Committees face a deadline for reporting their latest numbers on Friday. The committee released its figures early on its own website. The biggest contributor for June is Associated Industries of Florida PAC, which chipped in a healthy $100,000. Other big givers include FCCI Services Inc., an insurance concern, and Realtors Political Advocacy Committee, with $25,000 each. Political committees aren’t limited…

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Adam Putnam committee raises $285K in April

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Florida Grown, the fundraising committee that likely will fuel Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam‘s 2018 bid for governor, posted nearly $285,000 in contributions for April. Committees face a deadline for reporting their latest numbers next Tuesday. The committee released its figures early on its own website. April’s fundraising includes a $20,000 check from Hoyt R. Barnett, vice president of Publix Super Markets Inc. The committee also raked in dozens of small contributions of $25, $50 and $100. They came at its annual “Friends of Florida Agriculture Barbecue” on April…

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Adam Putnam political committee tallies $144k for January

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Florida Grown, the fundraising committee that likely will fuel Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam‘s 2018 bid for governor, posted $144,925 in contributions for January, campaign finance records show. The latest haul brings total money raised to more than $4.1 million, with total expenditures now at about $891,000, for a cash-on-hand balance of about $3.2 million. Disney, Florida Phosphate and U.S. Sugar Corp. tied for top contributor, chipping in $25,000 each. Other big contributors include banker Syd Ghermezian of Woodhaven, New York, with $15,000. He’s chairman…

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Political Committee formed to advocate for extending ‘Last Call’ in St. Petersburg

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The St. Pete Hospitality Association has registered as a Political Committee with the City of St. Petersburg’s City Clerk to push for extending the “last call” to serve alcohol from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. Currently, a proposed city ordinance is before the St. Petersburg City Council that would extend the “last call” by one hour. The St. Pete Hospitality Association is led by community activist Jeff Copeland and will be financially supported by a host of St. Petersburg-based bars and…

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