Supreme Court Justices raise little during latest fundraising period for merit retention campaigns

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Fundraising in three Supreme Court merit retention campaigns has slowed to a trickle, after justices collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions earlier this year. Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince raised a combined total of $14,935 between July 21 and Aug. 9, according to newly filed reports via The News Service of Florida. Pariente received $5,725, Lewis received $5,000, and Quince received $4,210. The justices, who have been targeted by some conservative groups that want to replace them, have raised a combined overall total of nearly $975,000 this year.

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