Senate leaders Gaetz, Thrasher, Gardiner post respectable fundraising reports despite time crunch

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It’s good to be in leadership.

While most sitting lawmakers struggled  to keep up with newcomers in a first quarter in which they were in session most of the time, members of the GOP Senate leadership team did OK.

Incoming Senate President Don Gaetz as expected, had a more-than-respectable quarter, drawing just under $43,000 in donations during the quarter, and bringing his total re-elect haul to $472,260.

Senate Rules Chairman John Thrasher, meanwhile, raised $26,650 during the first quarter, bringing his total in his re-elect bid for Senate District 6 to $428,315.

Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner raised $24,700 in the quarter and is closing in on $400,000 total for the cycle, with just over $397,000 raised.

As for those others who might be Senate President, Jack Latvla raised $11,950, bringing his overall total to $441,622. Joe Negron has a very healthy fundraising quarter, raising $42,800, bringing his over all total to $473,300.

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.

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