Great month for Florida gubernatorial candidate, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
In the month of June alone, Putnam raised $2 million with $1.3 million for his political committee, “Florida Grown” and another $795,000 directly to the campaign. That brings the total amount raised to more than $15 million dollars and, as of June 30, he still has $11.6 million available for the race.
On the Democratic side of the governor’s race, things are bit more….slow.
Combined, candidates Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Chris King, raised $690,000 last month, according to their campaign reports.
Tallahassee based, former U.S. Rep. Graham, managed to raise $363,000 with $137,000 of it going to her “Our Florida” political committee by the June 30 reporting deadline. In total, the Graham for Governor campaign has raise $2.6 million and has $2.1 still available.
Gillum has raised a total of $1.3 million for the campaign account and his committee with a total of $732,000 available.
There are concerns an FBI investigation into a CRA related to the City of Tallahassee is impacting Gillum’s ability to raise money, even though Gillum has not been named in the investigation.
“The mayor entered this race because he fundamentally believes regular people must take this state back from the special interests and the powerful who have made this state their personal playground,” said Gillum spokesman, Geoff Burgan.
Orlando businessman Chris King raised $202,000 with $146,000 going toward his PAC, “Rise and Lead.” His campaign total is $2.2 million raised and $1.7 million still available.
King’s campaign manager, Zach Learner is excited for his candidate: “For a first-time candidate, we’re pleased we’re able to keep pace with politicians who have 20 years of relationships with political donors.”
And there are a number of other “possible candidates” who haven’t officially entered the race, raising money via political committees.
Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s political committee, “Watchdog PAC” is reporting bringing in more than $2 million for June.
Republican and Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, reporting just more than $410,000 in June for PAC “Florida Leadership Committee” bringing the total to $3.55 million.
Another Republican, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, is tied to PAC “Fund for Florida’s Future” has raised $408,000 in June for a total of $943,000.
For the Democrats, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has a political committee too, and it’s reporting it raised $2.1 million for June.