Dem AG candidates Sheldon, Thurston struggling to raise money

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The two Democratic attorney-general hopefuls are struggling to keep up with the juggernaut fundraising of Republican AG Pam Bondi.

In December, George Sheldon and Perry Thurston raised less than $19,000 combined for their campaign accounts as incumbent Bondi widens her considerable financial advantage, according to newly filed financial reports.

Sheldon, former secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, raised $6,525 last month, for $58,332 overall.

Doing a little better in December was Thurston, the Fort Lauderdale Democratic House minority leader, who posted $12,315, for a total of $33,815.

In contrast to the Democrats, Bondi’s direct haul was $116,105 in December, making her campaign account $642,556 so far. In addition, two electioneering committees associated with Bondi combined to produce another $1.2 million in donations.

Friday was the deadline for candidates and committees to file updated revenue numbers with the state.

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