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Richard Corcoran’s $2 million haul, and what it could mean for the governor’s race

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s newly formed political committee raised more 2 million dollars last month. Although the Land O’Lakes Republican has been coy about his political future, with an eye-opening haul like that, it’s hard to argue the Speaker is not at least considering a 2018 gubernatorial run. Included in that $2,060,000 (and change) Watchdog PAC announced raising in June were significant contributions from Norman Braman and from political committees run by Reps. Jose Oliva, Chris Sprowls and Carlos Trujillo. Also cutting some big…

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Report: Richard Corcoran raises $608K for new Watchdog PAC

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s political committee brought in more than $600,000 in one month to a newly formed political committee. The Miami Herald reported that Corcoran’s newly formed Watchdog PAC raised $608,000, half of which came from contributions from political committees run by Reps. Jose Oliva and Carlos Trujillo. The committee, the Herald reported, also received $100,000 from Norman Braman. According to the report, Oliva’s political committee, Conservative Principles for Florida, gave Watchdog PAC $250,000; while Trujillo’s committee, Conservative and…

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Billionaire car dealer Norman Braman betting big-time on Carlos Lopez-Cantera

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Wealthy Florida car dealer Norman Braman is hoping to recoup his losses from backing Marco Rubio for President by doubling down on Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera‘s bid for the Senate seat Rubio is vacating. As Alex Gloriso of OpenSecrets.org writes, Braman is using every available avenue for money – traditional, unconventional, and questionable – in order to boost CLC’s chances over his Republican primary rivals. The wealthy car dealer leads the statewide finance committee for Lopez-Cantera. He’s also given $200,000 to the single-candidate super PAC backing him – almost…

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Marco Rubio to hold pair of big money Miami-area fundraisers Jan. 10

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Big-money backers of Marco Rubio, including billionaires Norman Braman and Bill Koch, will host a pair of South Florida fundraisers next month to support the Republican presidential candidate. The events will be the final Rubio fundraisers held in the Miami area before the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses. Both events are scheduled Jan. 10. The first, a minimum $1,000 per couple afternoon reception, will be held at the home of Bridget and Bill Koch, 974 S. Ocean Blvd. in Palm Beach.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.30.15 – Jeb Bush camp intends to keep on bashing Marco Rubio

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Overnight, the U.S. Senate voted to approve the two-year budget deal that will increase spending limits and avert a default. The vote was 64-35, overcoming objections from among others, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Marco Rubio also opposed it. In my quick preliminary research, I’ve been unable to find out how Marco Rubio voted. Realizing that there was one senator missing from the vote, I’m hoping for all our sakes it wasn’t the junior elected representative from Florida. We don’t…

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Marco Rubio cashed out retirement before presidential run

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Sen. Marco Rubio cashed out most of his retirement savings while preparing to launch his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, records released Friday show. Rubio, 43, sold six retirement funds in September 2014 for $68,241.09, according to his personal financial disclosure statement. He made the sale even though he apparently had ample cash in the bank: He reported between $100,000 and $250,000 in a checking account and between $50,000 and $100,000 in a money market account at the end…

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SuperPac for Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s expected Senate bid is announced

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Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera‘s expected candidacy in the 2016 U.S. Senate race will get a boost when the new SuperPac called Reform Washington is announced in Tampa on Thursday. The new SuperPac is inspired by the leadership of Lopez-Cantera and his “agenda to ignite economic growth, ensure American national security and refocus Congress on its Constitutional duties,” a press release announcing the formation of the SuperPac notes. “Reform Washington will support candidates who make a firm commitment to cut spending and…

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