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Without opposition, Richard Corcoran has big June, committee raises $40K

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Incoming Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran raised $53,000 across his campaign and committee accounts last month, according to newly filed campaign finance reports.

Corcoran, who won re-election without opposition a week ago, raised $13,000 for his campaign and another $40,000 for his political committee, Florida Roundtable, between June 1 and June 24.

The bulk of the committee money came in through a $25,000 contribution from GOPAC Election Fund, a Republican national committee chaired by David Avella, which describes itself as “educating and electing a new generation of Republican leaders.”

Florida Roundtable also brought in $5,000 each from Coastal QSR, Florida Bells and Southeast QSR, all three of which are associated with Clearwater businessman and restaurateur Nicholas Peters.

Corcoran’s direct campaign contributions came in across 15 checks, including 11 for the campaign maximum of $1,000. Among the June donors were attorney and former Democratic House Speaker H. Lee Moffit, the Ford Motor Company Civic Action Fund and lobbying mega-firm Greenberg Traurig.

Despite spending more than he brought in last month, the third-term Pasco County representative finished the reporting period with nearly $80,000 on hand in his campaign account and another $653,000 on hand in his committee.

Corcoran was briefly opposed this cycle by Republican Ronson Biedrzycki, though he failed to get any traction in fundraising and formally dropped out of the race in May.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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