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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 2 at Peace River Valley Ranch in Hardee County. 

Among those chipping in $25 was Marshall Criser III, chancellor of the State University System of Florida. He identified himself only as “educator.”

Generally, political committees aren’t limited in how much they can accept, unlike candidates’ individual campaign accounts.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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