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Florida GOP names first group of 2016 Finance Committee members

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Republican Party of Florida Chair Blaise Ingoglia announced a partial list of the 2016 GOP Finance Committee.

In a statement on Friday, the Hernando County lawmaker said he expects the group to “jumpstart the party’s fundraising efforts for the 2016 election cycle” with a goal of delivering Florida’s 29 electoral votes to Republicans.

“The RPOF is dedicated to building a strong team that will ensure that we are effective and successful in 2016, Ingoglia said. “This includes a strong finance team that represents the many geographic areas across our great state.”

The first group on the list, which is still in formation, includes such high-powered GOP names such as lobbyist Brian Ballard; past RPOF Chair Carole Jean Jordan; former House Speakers Dean Cannon and Will Weatherford; former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner; former Senate President Ken Pruitt and Ambassadors Francis Rooney and John D. Rood.

“Our fundraising efforts will be vital as we prepare for Hillary Clinton and the Democrats,” Ingoglia continued. “This is a great start for the RPOF and we look forward to adding more names to this list as we continue to build out the finance committee.”

Committee members include:

  • Brian Ballard, Tallahassee
  • Dean Cannon, Tallahassee
  • Robert Coker, Clewiston
  • Mike Corcoran, Dade City
  • Sidney Dinerstein, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Pepe Fanjul, Jr., Palm Beach
  • Gay Gaines, Palm Beach
  • Adam Hasner, Boca Raton
  • Mori Hosseini, Daytona Beach
  • Carole Jean Jordan, Vero Beach
  • Mario Murgado, Miami
  • Ken Pruitt, Port Saint Lucie
  • Sam Rashid, Brandon
  • John D. Rood, Jacksonville
  • Francis Rooney, Naples
  • Trey Traviesa, Tampa
  • Will Weatherford, Wesley Chapel
  • Dr. Peter A. Wish, Sarasota

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