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Adam Putnam fundraising committee, Florida Grown, raises $185K in May

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Florida Grown, the political committee that likely will fuel Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam‘s 2018 bid for governor, posted more than $185,000 in contributions for May.

Committees face a deadline for reporting their latest numbers on Friday. The committee released its figures early on its own website.

Contributions include $100,000 from Florida Jobs PAC, a political arm of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, records show.

A Chamber spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment.

Other big givers were the Florida Phosphate Political Committee with $25,000, Florida Polytechnic University trustee Robert W. Stork with $20,000, and Cone Distributing presidentDouglas Cone with $10,000.

Florida Grown was “established by Putnam to help achieve his vision for Florida — a place where jobs are plentiful, quality education is accessible, and freedom and liberty flourish,” according to a news release.

May records also show the committee gave $1,000 each to the campaigns of House Republican Leader Dana Young, now running for state Senate, and state Sen. Anitere Flores, a Miami Republican seeking re-election.

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

The 41-year-old Putnam still has not confirmed his political plans after he is term-limited as Agriculture Commissioner in 2018.

Florida Grown recently released a video on Facebook from a “Friends of Florida Agriculture Barbecue” that included a question-and-answer session with Republican U.S. Senate candidates Ron DeSantisCarlos LopezCantera and Todd Wilcox.

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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