SD 4 candidate Nancy Soderberg’s committee pulls in $125K over last two weeks

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THE NEWS: A political committee affiliated with Jacksonville Beach Democratic Senate candidate Nancy Soderberg has pulled in about $125,000 in contributions during the past two weeks, according to information on the committee’s website.

Soderberg, a university professor who served as a foreign-policy advisor in the Clinton administration, is running against former Rep. Aaron Bean in Senate District 4.

Principled Leadership for Florida reported on its website that it has recently given $25,000 to the state Democratic Party. Oct. 12 was the end of the state’s most-recent reporting period, but committees linked to candidates and lawmakers are required to update campaign-finance information on their websites more frequently.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT: Because it’s not as important as the reports reads at first glance.  The biggest contribution since Oct. 12 to Soderberg’s committee came from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, which gave $75,000. But The Florida Times-Union reported this week that Blue Cross made the contribution with the understanding that it would be used to help other Democratic candidates — not Soderberg. Blue Cross is backing Bean in the Northeast Florida district.

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