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Keith Perry wins last SD 8 primary money report, still lags behind Rod Smith

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Gainesville Republican Rep. Keith Perry scored a fundraising win over former Sen. Rod Smith in his final report before Florida’s primary election, but he still has a long way to go to catch up to his Democratic Senate District 8 rival. Perry, who currently holds the HD 21 seat, brought in $48,850 between Aug. 13 and Aug. 25, including a whopping 37 checks for the maximum contribution of $1,000. The performance was a huge jump from previous two reports, which…

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Donations from committee backing Rod Smith came within weeks of FDP ad buys in SD 8

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A political committee tied to Democrat Rod Smith has given more than $393,000 to the Florida Democratic Party since May, around the same time party began airing TV ads supporting him. The state party can purchase ad time at a more affordable rate than candidates’ committees, but state law prohibits political parties and affiliated committees from accepting contributions that have been earmarked for a particular candidate. Independent Leadership for Florida, the political committee backing Smith’s Senate District 8 bid, gave $393,900 to…

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Rod Smith raises nearly $283K in first month of SD 8 campaign

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Former State Attorney and State Senator Rod Smith raised $282,985 in his first month of his Senate District 8 campaign. In a statement Thursday, Smith’s campaign called the response a “massive outpouring” of bipartisan support. The figures include $150,485 contributed to his personal campaign account, and another $132,500 to Independent Leadership for Florida, the political committee supporting Smith. “We have received strong early support from Democrats, Republicans, and independents throughout Northcentral Florida because they want independent leaders who will focus…

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