December fundraising: Adam Putnam adds nearly $175K; Pam Bondi brings in $195K

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Both Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Attorney General Pam Bondi posted healthy fundraising numbers for December in their respective re-election efforts.

Facing little challenge for his re-election bid, Putnam raised $174,839 in December for an overall total of close to $1.2 million, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

Giving a boost to Putnam is the new law beginning Nov. 1 that allows statewide candidates to raise individual contributions up to $3,000, up from the old limits of $500.

Putnam received $101,808 in-kind contributions in December, with the majority coming as campaign assistance from the Republican Party of Florida.

Broward County Democrat Thad Hamilton raised only $6,273 through November as the only other candidate for agriculture commissioner.

Hamilton’s December fundraising numbers are pending  as of Thursday.

Two political committees supporting Attorney General Pam Bondi’s re-election campaign brought in a combined total $195,000 in contributions during December, bringing the overall totals to more than $1.2 million, according to a Thursday release.

“And Justice for All,” a Bondi-affiliated electioneering committee, raised $81,000 during December, bringing its total to $1,022,500. A second Bondi committee, “Justice for All,” raised $114,000 during the same period, for a total of $216,250.

Official reports had not yet been posted by the Division of Elections as of Thursday afternoon, but each committee’s website includes partial lists of donors through December.

According to the websites, Bondi’s committees received money from Florida Blue, Disney Worldwide Services, the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Reports for Bondi’s personal campaign account, as well as official accounts of Democratic candidates George Sheldon and Perry Thurston, have not been posted as of Thursday afternoon.

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