Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry, Ryan Ray & Jim Rosica.
JEB BUSH, MARCO RUBO START OCTOBER WITH ABOUT $10 MILLION EACH
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he’s collected $13.4 million in recent months to back his run for president.
But competitor Marco Rubio says he ended Sept. with more cash in the bank, despite having raised less than half as much as Bush.
The two Floridians were among those who disclosed their fundraising totals for the third quarter on Wednesday. … In the increasingly heated contest for traditional Republican donors, the two campaigns sought to emphasize their advantages over each other.
TWEETING ABOUT THE NUMBERS
— @Fineout: Nearly a quarter of @JebBush money bundlers – 22% – are from Florida. Includes elected officials & lots of lobbyists
— @MarcACaputo: Best GOP consultant take on Jeb’s $13.4m haul (expected to be bigger): it shows the predator isn’t invincible
— @Montaignejns: WOW! JEB! Raises 47.5% as much as Hillary, and fully half of what Bernie Sanders.
BUSH SLASHES CAMPAIGN SALARIES via Marc Caputo of POLITICO
More than 60 Bush staffers might have had their salaries cut or their positions changed to reduce their income, compared with the second quarter of the year when Bush announced his candidacy, the campaign-finance reports show. The campaign did not want to discuss the numbers. But the pay cuts, depending on whether the salaries are divided on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, could have saved the campaign anywhere from $450,000 to nearly $900,000 per quarter, according to a POLITICO analysis of the campaign’s payroll. The cuts have ranged from the small for some staffers ($12 a week) to large reductions for four of the top campaign chiefs who each took a $75,000 pay cut.
The Bush campaign payroll is still huge: nearly $1.7 million this quarter. It spent as much as $2 million more on various consulting-related services, from fundraising to legal compliance.
BUSH GROUP PLANS $17 MILLION AD CAMPAIGN AIMED AT MARCH 1 CONTESTS via Ashley Parker of the New York Times
Right to Rise … is preparing a nearly $17 million television ad buy aimed at the so-called S.E.C. Primary on March 1 … set to air in eight March primary states, will bring the super PAC’s advertising total to $56 million — more than any other individual campaign or outside group.
The latest buy underscores the prevailing strategy — and thinking — of the Bush campaign and the group supporting him: that Bush, who has stumbled repeatedly as a candidate, nonetheless has a built-in advantage in the more than $100 million his super PAC has raised.
— “Jeb Bush to open new offices in South Carolina” via Elizabeth Landers of CNN
BUSH UNVEILS 228-MEMBER NATIONAL HISPANIC LEADERSHIP TEAM via Adrian Carrasquillo of BuzzFeed News
[Experienced] operatives … part of the Bush campaign’s national Hispanic leadership committee — 228 altogether across 20 states and two territories, an effort to show and fortify the candidate’s commitment to the Latino community.
The list includes Florida officials like longtime congressional members Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart … also includes buzzed about newcomers like Rep. Carlos Curbelo and state senator Anitere Flores … one of the campaign’s Spanish-language media surrogates and has offered herself to the campaign as someone who can travel to states like Nevada and North Carolina to share the “Jeb Bush success story.”
SEC, BUSH WRESTLING OVER CONFERENCE LOGO, CAMPAIGN TACTICS via Steve Berkowitz of USA TODAY
[The] Southeastern Conference … has negotiated with officials from Bush‘s campaign to modify a logo that closely resembles the conference’s and make other changes in how the campaign aligns itself with the conference.
“The Southeastern Conference does not endorse candidates for any political office,” SEC spokesman Herb Vincent said … “The SEC has spoken to the Bush campaign to ensure that their activities are within the bounds of our trademark requirements.”
As part of efforts aimed at Republican primaries March 1 in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas that are collectively being called the “SEC Primary,” Bush recently has appeared at tailgating events prior to football games at the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee … an item on the Bush campaign website from September that described the events and the schedule was titled “SEC Tailgating with Jeb.” On Wednesday, the item was … “Tailgating with Jeb.”
SAY WHAT — BUSH WANTS A RECESSION IN D.C., HAVING FORGOTTEN THAT REAL PEOPLE LIVE THERE via Olivia Nuzzi of the Daily Beast
Part of the problem with Bush is that he is bad at expressing himself … For a campaign that began as an attempt not to sacrifice his moderate (compared to the rest of the field) principles in order to appeal to rabid right-wingers, he sure says an awful lot of things that are what you could call … severely conservative.
“We have the benefit now of all of this philosophy of offering free things to people not working … I think the better message is, let’s disrupt Washington. Let’s create a little bit of a recession in Washington, D.C., so that we can have economic prosperity outside of Washington.” … Asked if Bush really meant that he would like to create a recession in Washington, D.C. … his spokesman, Tim Miller, responded, “We should shrink D.C. so we can grow the economy of the rest of the country” … But Bush said recession.
BUSH EARNED ABOUT $8.4 MILLION IN 2014 via Amy Sherman of the Miami Herald
Bush earned a total of nearly $8.4 million in 2014, according to his tax return he released Thursday afternoon.
Bush paid $3,293,026 in taxes in 2014 on $8,046,493 of taxable income, bringing his tax rate to about 41 percent. He gave $308,734 to charity.
His income came from speaking and consulting through Jeb Bush & Associates. Bush released his tax return along with his latest campaign finance report, a list of bundlers who raised at least $17,600 for him and a letter from his doctor about his health all at once Thursday afternoon.
ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Bush will be in Connecticut for closed fundraising events before heading back to Miami this evening.
JEB BUSH JR.: MARCO RUBIO SHOULD ‘DROP OUT OR DO SOMETHING’ via Conor Skelding of POLITICO Florida
Jeb Bush Jr. told a group of college students … Rubio should “drop out or do something” rather than miss votes by campaigning for president. “As a Floridian, I’m a little disappointed, because he’s missing, like, 35 percent of his votes. And it’s just, kind of, like, dude, you know, either drop out or do something, but we’re paying you to do something, it ain’t run for president … We’re way ahead of Marco’s campaign … We’ve got four offices set up in Florida. Our national headquarters is there. Marco doesn’t have an office in Florida.”
RUBIO LOOKS FOR FUNDS FROM FORMER SCOTT WALKER DONORS via Reid Epstein of the Wall Street Journal
Rubio met with more than a dozen of … Walker’s former top fundraisers … as several of the Wisconsin governor’s donors plan to back the Florida senator’s presidential campaign. The session, in New York, included financial-services executives Jonathan Burkan and Eric Anton, who organized Walker’s New York fundraisers, and Bill Johnson, a Wisconsin timber magnate who is the Republican Party of Wisconsin’s finance chairman.
After Walker dropped out, representatives from Bush’s campaign pressed Walker’s bundlers for a list of the Wisconsin governor’s donors … “We’ve been pursued by everyone,” said Julian Gingold, a financial-services executive who backed Walker and attended the Rubio gathering.
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DONALD TRUMP THREATENS TO PULL OUT OF NEXT GOP DEBATE via Alex Isenstadt of POLITICO
A Republican National Committee conference call to discuss plans for the Oct. 28 GOP debate with top advisers to the presidential campaigns spiraled into chaos … as Trump threatened to pull out of the debate if his demands for the format are not met. At issue is whether CNBC, which is hosting the debate, to be held in Boulder, Colo., will allow candidates to give opening and closing statements.
A day earlier, the RNC and CNBC held a conference call to discuss logistics that turned heated — with CNBC saying it wouldn’t allow opening and closing statements, and several campaigns saying they wanted them … Trump’s campaign manager said that if the debate does not include opening or closing statements and is longer than two hours total, including commercial breaks, the real estate mogul would have to drop out of the debate.
POLL DU JOUR: Trump leads the GOP presidential field in the early-voting states of South Carolina and Nevada, a pair of new CNN/ORC polls show. In SC, Trump finished with 36%, followed by Carson with 18%, Rubio with 9%, Fiorina with 8%, and Bush with 6%. And in Nevada, Trump took 38%, followed by Carson with 22%, Fiorina with 8%, Rubio with 7% and Bush with 6%.
DAVID JOLLY CAMP SAYS RON DESANTIS CONSULTANT BEHIND ANONYMOUS VIDEO ATTACK via Florida Politics
U.S. Senate candidate Jolly‘s campaign is accusing a rival consultant of dirty tricks and pettiness after a video showing Jolly, his wife and a campaign staffer being whisked through security screening at Miami International Airport made its way onto an anonymous blog.
“When the airport director tells you that you will have security on you when you are in the airport, you do not question it,” said Sarah Bascom, Jolly’s campaign spokeswoman. “This was not done at the Congressman’s request. As a member of Congress, there is often increased security for a myriad of reasons and this is simply an unplanned example of one of those instances.”
Bascom said it was her understanding that the video of Jolly and Co., was being shopped to the media by Ron DeSantis‘ political team, specifically consultant John Konkus.
Konkus flatly denied any involvement with the video. However, Konkus did say he was at the Miami airport at the same time as Jolly — an admission which led the Jolly camp to conclude that Konkus was the one who taped Jolly and his wife. … Shown a picture of Konkus, all three members of the traveling party said it was Konkus who recorded them.
GWEN GRAHAM TALKS FIGHTS OVER DISTRICT LINES, HOUSE LEADERSHIP via Bruce Ritchie of POLITICO Florida
“I think it’s just as likely it stays as it is for 2016,” Graham said of her district’s fate. “It is a timing issue at this point.”
… “I see a lot of litigation in the future,” she said. “I am someone who is committed to doing my job and doing my job to the best of my ability.”
CHARLIE CRIST TO ANNOUNCE FOR CONGRESS NEXT WEEK? via Charlie Frago of the Tampa Bay Times
(H)earing … that Crist’s camp is organizing an event on Thursday, Oct. 22 in south St. Petersburg that insiders think might be a formal announcement of the former governor’s entrance into the 13th District race.
CRUNCHING MORE CAMPAIGN FINANCE NUMBERS
PATRICK MURPHY RAISED $1.5M IN PAST THREE MONTHS via Kristen M. Clark of the Miami Herald
]Murphy … raised over $1.5 million in the past three months. The haul gives Murphy nearly $3.5 million in cash on hand, as of 9/30.
Murphy said in a statement he’s “humbled” by the support he’s received — which amounts to $4.2 million in money raised since January. The campaign said the recent fundraising haul gives Murphy another boost in confidence.
TWEET, TWEET: @_Josh Wolf: Hey @club4growth looks like @PatrickMurphyFL outraised both candidates you support – combined. @RonDeSantisFL and @AlanGrayson #FLSen
CARLOS LOPEZ-CANTERA RAISES $462,404 IN Q3
Lopez-Cantera raised $462,404 from individual donors in less than three months. “We’re building a powerful Florida fundraising network,” said … campaign manager Brian Swensen.
ERIC LYNN ADDS TO CAMPAIGN CASH via Charlie Frago of the Tampa Bay Times
As he waits for Charlie Crist to jump in … Lynn, the only declared candidate in what is sure to be a nationally-watched race in the 13th District, announced he raised $150,000 in the third quarter Thursday. Lynn, a St. Petersburg Democrat, has raised $550,000 so far, the most of any non-incumbent candidate, according to a campaign news release.
Political observers had wondered if Lynn, who came hard out of the gate with more than $400,000 by the end of June, would be able to continue raising campaign cash once the boundaries of the 13th District were blown up in by a state Supreme Court ruling in July, attracting the attention of Crist.
ADAM BARRINGER CONTINUES LEAD IN CD 6 RACE
Barringer boosted his lead in Florida’s 6th Congressional District with $83,590.07 total contributions in Q3 and $151,694.73 cash-on-hand. Barringer’s opponent, former state legislator Sandy Adams, came in a distant second with $74,266 total contributions for Q2 and Q3, including $50,681 raised in Q3. Ormond Realtor G.G. Galloway also posted $59,000 in total contributions for Q3.
BRIAN MAST TOPS $167,000, REBECCA NEGRON $104,000 IN GOP CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY via George Bennett of the Palm Beach Post
Mast raised more than $167,000 last quarter in the crowded Republican race for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 congressional seat … Rebecca Negron, the top GOP money-raiser last quarter, hauled in $104,662 during the last quarter and began October with $256,316 in cash-on-hand … attorney Rick Kozell, raised $76,759 in the quarter.
JONATHAN CHANE SHAKES UP DEMOCRATIC MONEY RACE IN PATRICK MURPHY DISTRICT via George Bennett of the Palm Beach Post
Chane raised more than $200,000 in his debut quarter as a Democratic candidate for the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 congressional seat … also put $100,000 of his own money into the crowded race … One of Chane’s Democratic primary rivals, Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, raised about $110,000 during the quarter that ended Sept. 30 … McKinlay raised $183,306 in the previous quarter. A third Democrat, Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, raised about $32,000 in the last quarter, her campaign said.
ANNETTE TADDEO USES $75,000 LOAN TO BEAT CARLOS CURBELO IN THIRD QUARTER via Steven Shepard of POLITICO
Taddeo loaned $75,000 to her campaign to unseat … Curbelo, allowing her to outpace the Republican incumbent … Taddeo brought in a total of $301,000, including the loan. Curbelo, meanwhile, saw his fundraising pace slip. He raised $256,000 for the quarter – far less than the $446,000 he brought in during the second quarter … still holds a large lead in cash on hand, holding nearly $1.2 million in the bank, compared to $358,000 for Taddeo.
OOPS! CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE GIVING BACK $200,000 CHECK via George Bennett of the Palm Beach Post
GOP congressional candidate Mark Freeman, a political unknown … reported an eye-popping $234,497 in contributions during his debut quarter seeking the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 seat … turns out $200,000 of that came in a single check from a friend and business partner, Arnold Barad, in violation of federal rules that limit contributions to $2,700 for a primary and $2,700 for a general election. Freeman didn’t know about the limits when he accepted the money and will return it, his campaign told the Federal Election Commission … “To be blunt, we screwed up,” Freeman said.
ADAM PUTNAM CONTINUES TO BUILD LARGE POLITICAL WARCHEST via Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida
Putnam continues to build on his sizeable warchest, raising $323,816 through his political committee during September … it is widely believed that he is considering a run for governor in 2018. … The political committee he controls — Florida Grown — now has $1.8 million in the bank … His nearly $330,000 month is an impressive haul. By comparison … Scott … raised $118,300 last month … The committee’s biggest expenses in September was just over $50,000 for travel and consulting to Silloh Consulting, a firm owned by Putnam’s longtime campaign manager Justin Hollis.
SENATE RULES RELEASES LIST OF POLITICAL COMMITTEES CONNECTED TO SENATORS via Legislative IQ powered by Lobby Tools
Senate Committee on Rules publicly released a list of political committees connected to various member of the Florida Senate … appears to be the first time this list has been made publicly available, though the information on affiliations to committees can be found by searching the database of the Division of Elections and other public websites. Senate Rule 1.361(3) requires members to disclose fundraising for those advocacy groups with the Rules Committees, but the committee is not required to release a list.
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PERSONNEL NOTE — MARK PAFFORD TAPPED TO HEAD HEALTH CARE GROUP via Jim Rosica of Florida Politics
House Democratic Leader Pafford has been named new chief executive officer of Florida CHAIN (Community Health Action Information Network), a statewide advocacy organization for health care consumers … He starts Nov. 1. Because of term limits … Pafford is serving his last term as a representative for West Palm Beach.
HOUSE ASKS FOR DELAY IN REDISTRICTING ORAL ARGUMENTS via Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida
Attorneys for the state House of Representatives filed a motion with the Florida Supreme Court Thursday asking that redistricting oral arguments scheduled for next month be delayed because of legislative meetings. Oral arguments … are scheduled for Nov. 2 … during a redistricting special session … Because the House’s redistricting attorneys will need to be in the Capitol for map meetings, it would be difficult for them to also participate in oral arguments … “The House would suffer extreme, manifest hardship if its counsel were unable to participate in the committee meeting,” the motion read … The request is for oral arguments to be delayed one week, which would be after the special session.
FEDERAL JUDGE DEALS BLOW TO THOSE HOPING TO INVALIDATE REDISTRICTING LAW via Mary Ellen Klas of the Miami Herald
Tim Norris, the Walton County Republican Executive Committee Chairman and Randy Maggard, the Pasco County Republican Executive Committee Chairman sued … Secretary of State Ken Detzner … demanding that he not enforce the Fair Districts provisions of the state constitution.
They made the argument being echoed by many lawmakers that their speech is chilled because, as members of a political party, it will be used to invalidate a map. Hoping to find a venue that was most favorable to them, they filed the case in the Northern District of Florida in Pensacola.
But in a 16-page opinion, the chief judge of the district, Judge M. Casey Rodgers, who was appointed by George W. Bush, rejected their argument and dismissed the case … “The problem with Plaintiffs’ position is that they have not shown that their speech or conduct is prohibited or even ‘arguably forbidden’ by the Fair Districts Amendments on their face or as applied,” Rodgers wrote.
REDISTRICTING MAY ANCHOR NOMADIC MARIA SACHS DEEPER IN PALM BEACH COUNTY via John Kennedy of the Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach County’s four state Senate seats face changes when lawmakers convene at the Capitol next week … But for the nomadic … Sachs … may blunt residency issues that have long dogged her in the two-county district. Sachs’ District 34 looks likely to be concentrated even more in Palm Beach County than Broward, at least according to six proposed maps released … by the state House and Senate. The district would still extend to Lantana. But it would scoop up a larger part of Democratic-rich west Boca and Delray, under the proposed maps.
STATE, FEDS AGREE TO $1.6 B. DEAL ON LIP FUNDING via Christine Sexton of POLITICO Florida
After more than six months of wrangling, the state and federal governments … finalized a deal that will bring $1.6 billion in supplemental Medicaid dollars to Florida between now and June 30, 2017 … The special terms and conditions lay out how the state operates the Low Income Pool program for the remainder of the current fiscal year as well as for Fiscal Year 2016-17. The approval comes one day after … Scott announced he would press for additional LIP funding, which helps hospitals pay for uncompensated care. The deal … will reduce funding in LIP dollars from $1 billion this year to $608 million in Fiscal Year 2016-17.
EMAILS SHOW STATE EMPLOYEES REMOVED SEAWORLD LINK AFTER PETA COMPLAINED via Sandra Pedicini of the Orlando Sentinel
SeaWorld was removed from the Florida Department of Education’s website last month after discussion by employees … Links to SeaWorld on state lists of fun Florida field trips and attractions offering teacher discounts were gone for about 10 days. They reappeared Oct. 6, soon after reporters inquired about it. The department initially had no explanation for what happened.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals contacted the department last month asking for SeaWorld’s removal … There was discussion about PETA’s request between several employees in the department, emails requested by the Orlando Sentinel show. PETA sent out a press release … SeaWorld also quickly passed along a reporter’s inquiry to one of its lobbyists, who contacted the department too.
WHAT BRIAN BALLARD IS READING — JUDGE UPHOLDS XEROX AWARD IN MASSIVE FDOT PROCUREMENT CASE via Florida Politics
An administrative law judge has upheld the state’s award of a massive transportation contract to Xerox, denying Accenture‘s claims that an unusual procurement process yielded the wrong outcome … recommended to the state Department of Transportation (DOT) that they issue a final order finalizing the award to Xerox, finding Accenture “failed to establish that the Department’s determination that Xerox will provide the ‘best value to the state’” was contrary to Department rules. Culpepper found these concerns “would not negatively impact or occur with” their proposed Florida operations and did not warrant a reversal of the contract’s award to Xerox.
WHAT BALLARD DOESN’T WANT TO READ — “Daily Fantasy Sports Sites Ordered To Shut Down In Nevada” via the AP
POLICY NOTES via Legislative IQ powered by Lobby Tools
FLORIDA ENERGY SUMMIT
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the JAX Chamber host the Florida Energy Summit. Beginning 9:45 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Dr. in Jacksonville.
MIAMI-DADE DELEGATION PRE-SESSION MEETING
The Miami-Dade County legislative delegation holds a public hearing to prepare for the 2016 Legislative Session. Meeting starts 9 a.m. in the Florida International University Stadium Club on the Modesto Maidique Campus, 11310 S.W. 17th St. in Miami.
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS
Michael Corcoran, Jeff Johnston, Michael Blair, Michael Cantens, Amanda Stewart, Corcoran & Johnston: Oleta Partners; Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools
Adam Corey, Nick Matthews, Unconventional Strategies: Quest Management Group
Laura Boehmer, Southern Strategy Group: Praesum Health Care
Andrew Fay, Rob Johnson, Kent Perez: Office of the Attorney General
Michael Harrell, Arnold Keith, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company; Westcor Land Title Insurance Company
Lila Jaber, Gregory Munson, J. Larry Williams, Gunster Yoakley & Stewart: Broward College Foundation
Ron LaFace, Jen Gaviria, Ashley Kalifeh,
Robert Stuart, GrayRobinson: Automated Health Systems
SPOTTED at The Southern, Tallahassee’s hottest new restaurant (other than the Edison): Pete Mitchell supping with Steve MacNamara, among others.
ON THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF THE ROTUNDA
Trimmel Gomes’ newest episode of The Rotunda features Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant staying on message for all candidates during the Democratic presidential debate. Plus, debate analysis from News Service of Florida Senior Reporter Dara Kam. The Capital Press Corp veteran also reflects with Gomes about the number of sandwiches leftover during the AP’s annual pre-legislative planning session. This is a big change from sessions past when reporters and editors from around the state packed the event and would often miss a meal if not among the first in line – a sign of the times. Is the early start of session to blame for lagging attendance or continued cutbacks in newsrooms around the state?
Black Almanac with Dr. Ed James on WWSB, ABC 7 in Sarasota: Dissecting the first Democratic Presidential debate with Dr. Lawrence Miller.
Facing Florida with Mike Vasilinda: Matt Carter on solar energy in Florida and 81-year-old Tom Cawood rides from California to Florida.
Florida This Week on Tampa Bay’s WEDU: Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times, former Tampa City Councilman John Dingfelder, WTSP 10 News’ Mike Deeson, and political consultant Ashley Intartaglia.
On Point with Shannon Ogden, on WFCN in Jacksonville: Mayor Lenny Curry on his first 100 days in office, plus exclusive new 2016 presidential polling from the University of North Florida.
Political Connections on CF 13 in Orlando: “Sunshine” Linda-Marie Grund on her campaign for Orlando Mayor, plus Michelle Ertel and Jeremiah on the Democratic debate and PolitiFact rates a recent claim by Trump on U.S. unemployment figures.
The Usual Suspects on WCTV-Tallahassee/Thomasville (CBS) and WJHG-Panama City (NBC): Steve Vancore, Gary Yordon, Sean Pittman, and Peter Schorsch.
This Week in Jacksonville with Kent Justice on Channel 4 WJXT: Former Alvin Brown chief of staff Chris Hand, Dr. Michael Binder of UNF, and Rick Mullaney of Jacksonville University on the first Democratic debate; Michael Whatley and Kevin Doyle of the Consumer Energy Alliance on the Florida Energy Summit; and Sabeen Perwaiz Syed of TEDxJacksonville and Foley & Lardner’s Kevin Hyde on the upcoming TEDx conference.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Loranne Ausley, Rebecca O’Hara, Beth Switzer, and Carrie Thompson. And a very special happy birthday to my wonderful mother-in-law, Robin Cain Todd.