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Latest fundraising reports show Joe Negron has slight cash-on-hand advantage over Jack Latvala

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The political committees for Republican Senate president hopefuls Jack Latvala and Joe Negron took something of a summer vacation last month, especially so in Latvala’s case as the Pinellas County state senator took time to get married.

Negron’s PAC, Treasure Coast Alliance, brought in $55,000 for the month, compared to $23,858 for Latvala’s Florida Leadership Committee. The numbers are a far cry from Negron’s $623,550 showing in May or Latvala’s $487,625 haul in February, though both committees still have more than $1 million on hand for the 2016 cycle.

Negron’s contributions came from just eight donors, with the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach writing the committee a $25,000 check. The Building a Better Florida political committee gave $15,000 and Arizona-based red-light camera company American Traffic Solutions chipped in $10,000. Latvala’s committee took in $10,000 from AT&T and $5,000 from the FRF Political Committee. The Dade County Firefighters Local 1403 PAC and Virginia-based tobacco company Swedish Match each wrote $2,500 checks. The rest of the July money came from a handful of small donors.

FLC spent more money than it took in for the month, with $36,662 heading out the door last month. The committee cut a $10,000 check to Florida Speaks, a committee associated with Latvala acolyte and South Pasadena state Rep. Kathleen Peters. The campaign accounts for Susan HarrelleDavid Kerner and Randall Fine got $1,000 checks from FLC, with most of the remaining money going to payroll and a few consulting contracts.

Treasure Coast Alliance spent $24,838, with $7,225 heading to Tallahassee firm Ross Consulting and $2,500 to Bascom Communications. The committee also spent $5,000 on a sponsorship with the All-Star Classic in Hollywood, with another $5,000 heading to the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee and a $2,500 check to the St. Lucie Lipstick Republican Club, a group dedicated to promoting women in politics and business.

Negron’s committee has raised a little more than $3 million to date, and has about $1.2 million cash on hand. FLC has raised more money overall, with about $3.5 million in contributions, though the committee trails Treasure Coast Alliance in cash reserves with just under $1.1 million on hand heading into August.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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