John Thrasher raises $31K for re-elect in abbreviated March fundraising

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By law, Florida state lawmakers cannot hold fundraisers during the legislative session, which started March 4.

Therefore, some incumbents went all out in the first three days of March to solicit campaign funds.

Even with the abbreviated timetable, Senate Rules Chair John Thrasher was able to knock out an impressive $31,250 last month, for a total of $252,050 to date, according reports from the Division of Elections.

Thursday was also the deadline for political candidates and committees to file updated finance reports.

A number of powerful state Senators took the opportunity to raise solid money in the days before the start of the annual legislative session: Sen. Nancy Detert raised $22,750; Sen. Aaron Bean collected $16,950; Sen. David Simmons had $16,010, and Sen. Greg Evers took in $15,750.

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