United for Care adds $138K in two-week fundraising period

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Editor’s note: This article is cross-posted on PoliticsOfPot.com.

People United for Medical Marijuana, the group that is spearheading the Amendment 2 effort, added more than $138,000 between June 21 and July 4, according to the Florida Division of Elections website.

Led by Orlando attorney John Morgan, the group (also known as United for Care) now stands at $3,586,212 in contributions overall, including nearly $2 million in loans from the Morgan & Morgan Law Group.

During the same two-week period, the group spent just over $83,000 on administrative and consulting services, leaving about $300,000 cash on hand.

Top donors in the latest filings include a $25,000 check from Miami-based Complete Hydroponics, $15,000 each from Umvar Inc. from Miami and a real estate firm called Future Dreams, based in Manteo, North Carolina.

There were also four separate donations of $10,000: attorney Jeffrey Feiler of Miami; June Simpson from Thonotosassa; Emerald Coast Compassionate Care in Gulf Breeze; Harborside Health Center based in Oakland, California; and building contractor Olin Spivey from Lakeland.

Meanwhile, the group behind the Vote No on 2 Campaign — the Tallahassee-based Drug Free Florida Committee — raised $1,100 during the same period, for a total of $2,743,270 collected since late May, based on Division of Election records. Among the most generous donors include casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson ($2.5 million); the Carol Jenkins Barnett Family Trust from Lakeland ($100K) and St. Petersburg developer Mel Sembler ($100K).

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