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Blaise Ingoglia delegates RPOF fundraising to Joe Gruters, Peter Feaman

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Republican Party of Florida Chairman — and state Rep.- – Blaise Ingoglia held a meeting Friday evening in which he divested himself of his fundraising duties and transferred them to party Vice Chairman Joe Gruters and Republican State Committeeman Peter Feaman for the duration of the 2015 legislative session.

The move was made in order to remain in compliance with a state law that prohibits state lawmakers from raising funds during session, and will revert back to the status quo when the Legislature adjourns sine die in May. The move was approved unanimously on a conference call with members of the State Committee.

Gruters and Feaman take over a broad slate of duties, according the RPOF meeting’s minutes, including all solicitation and acceptance of campaign contributions, fundraising strategy coordination with staff and consultants and approval of all outgoing communications related to raising funds.

Ingoglia’s dual role as party chair and elected official is unusual, though it is not unprecedented. Former Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox had an overlap in his tenures as mayor and Florida Democratic Party chairman, albeit a brief one.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to FloridaPolitics.com and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at ryan@floridapolitics.com.

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