With help from road builders and a major Texas donor, a political committee headed by incoming House Speaker Will Weatherford collected $378,750 in contributions between Aug. 10 and Sept. 14, new campaign-finance reports via the News Service of Florida show.
The Committee for a Conservative House received $250,000 from Bob J. Perry, a Houston home builder who is a prominent donor to Republican causes nationally. Also, the committee received contributions from the road-building industry, including $30,000 from the Florida Transportation Builders Association. It also received $45,000 from a political arm of the American Council of Life Insurers. In all, the Committee for a Conservative House has raised nearly $1.8 million since starting in January 2011 and has spent about $635,000, according to state records.