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Fundraising reports show Senate rivals Jack Latvala, Joe Negron close as ever

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Early committee finance numbers for Republican Sens. Jack Latvala and Joe Negron show the two rivals for Senate President are as close as ever in fundraising. Latvala’s outfit, Florida Leadership Committee, entered October with a little more than $1.6 million on-hand, and the committee should get a little boost above that mark once final reports for October are posted. FLC had taken in about $110,000 in contributions through Oct. 26 and had posted $48,452 in expenditures as of Oct. 29,…

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With burst of activity, Jack Latvala committee brings in $250K in August

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The committee supporting Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala’s bid for the Florida Senate presidency brought in more than $250,000 in contributions following an explosion of activity in the closing week of August. More than $200,000 of the $251,659 raised by the Florida Leadership Committee came through in the final seven days of the month. The flurry of donations includes $20,000 from the Florida Retail Federation and $10,000 checks from the Associated Industries of Florida, ABC Liquor, Dosal Tobacco, Costa Farms…

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney rakes in $1.14 million in Q2 lobbying fees

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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney collected one of the largest hauls of last quarter, according to recently submitted compensation reports: The white shoe firm’s Tallahassee lobbying practice earned an estimated $1.14 million between April 1 and June 30 of 2015. The largest contributor to the firm’s bottom line in Q2? U.S. Sugar Corp. by a mile. It doubled up the next highest-paying client, paying $76,000 for legislative lobbying services and between $30,000-$39,999 for executive branch work, for a total of some $111,000.…

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Let’s Get to Work raises $275K in May

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Gov. Rick Scott’s political committee, Let’s Get to Work, raised $275,000 in May, including a $100,000 check from Jupiter businessman and trustee of the DeGeorge Charitable Trust, Lawrence F. DeGeorge. The contributions push the committee’s yearly total to $2.6 million, though they are markedly lower than the monster hauls brought in during the legislative session months of March ($1 million) and April ($687,500). The total came from just 16 contributions, including contributions from three divisions of Scott’s former company, Hospital Corporation of America, which…

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