U.S. Rep. David Jolly’s re-election campaign in Florida’s 13th Congressional District took in $625,000 over the first 19 days of October, with half coming from utility companies.
People for Pinellas, the committee backing the incumbent Republican, received a $250,000 check from Florida Power & Light and another $100,000 from Duke Energy, with the American Society of Anesthesiologists PAC donating $100,000, and St. Pete businessmen James MacDougald and Bill Edwards giving $50,000 apiece.
Jolly has been on the receiving end of attack ads due to his ties to Duke Energy, which has charged Pinellas County customers millions in “nuclear cost recovery fees” for nuclear power plants that have not been built.
The finance report shows People for Pinellas spent about $250,000 during the reporting period, mainly on media production and placement, and had about $574,000 on hand as of Oct. 19.
The committee has filed several notices since the close of the reporting period, including a $163,000 payment to Virginia-based Media Ad Ventures for media placement and another $20,000 to Red Digital for online advertising.
Jolly is running against former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Democrat. CD 13 covers the southern half of Pinellas County.