Joe Negron’s committee scoops up a quick $250K

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NEWS: As the November election nears, a political committee linked to Sen. Joe Negron has collected $205,000 in less than two weeks, according to information on the committee website.

Since Oct. 12, the Florida Conservative Action Committee has received $100,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and $50,000 from Paul Tudor Jones II, a wealthy investor and chairman of the Everglades Foundation. At the same time, the Negron committee has sent $150,000 to the Republican Party of Florida, according to the website.

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT: Negron has served the past two years as chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee and is trying to line up support to become Senate president in 2016. Let me be the first to say this: No matter what happens on November 6, this race will not be really decided until 2014, after the Republicans endure, what I expect to be, a difficult election cycle with Rick Scott at the top of the ballot.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.