Fla. Supreme Court justices up for merit retention have combined to raise more than $1.5 million

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Trying to fend off a challenge to their jobs, Florida Supreme Court justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince received about $166,000 in contributions between Oct. 13 and Nov. 1 — bringing their combined overall total to more than $1.5 million, newly filed records show.

Pariente collected $59,506 during the period, bringing her total to $538,331. Quince received $55,848, giving her a total of $494,686. Lewis collected $50,847 and had a total of $496,541. The justices are trying to win merit-retention votes after being targeted for defeat by some conservative groups and the board of the state Republican Party. An outside group supporting the justices also has raised about $3.2 million and has run television ads.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.

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