THE NEWS: Two political committees linked to incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, have collected $273,000 in contributions since Oct. 12, according to campaign-finance information on the committee websites.
One of the committees, Citizens for Conservative Leadership, received $100,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. Meanwhile, the Committee for a Conservative House raised $173,000, including $25,000 from a Florida Optometric Association political committee and $15,000 from the Florida Police Benevolent Association.
The information posted online also indicates the Committee for a Conservative House sent $50,000 to the Georgia-based Faith and Freedom Coalition, a group headed by prominent activist Ralph Reed that is trying to mobilize conservative voters this year.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT: I’d wager that the $273,000 collected by Weatherford’s committees is more than what was raised by the House Victory arm of the Florida Democratic Party. $273,000 is probably more than what the Democratic candidates in battleground seats House District 65, 68 and 69 have all raised combined. And that’s just what has been raised in the last two weeks.
Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.