May 12, 2022

Florida politics briefs

Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, ended April with about $15.3 million to fuel his campaign for state agriculture commissioner.

Simpson raised about $1.82 million in April for his campaign account and four political committees he leads, according to newly filed finance reports.


As of April 30, the campaign and committees combined to total about $15.3 million in cash on hand. Among the large contributors was the national Republican State Leadership Committee, which sent $200,000 to Simpson committees.

Other candidates for agriculture commissioner have raised little money. Democrat Ryan Morales raised $2,982 in April, while Republican James Shaw raised $1,100, according to the reports.


News Service of Florida

TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis continued to amass a pile of political cash in April, bringing in more than $10 million as he seeks a second term.

DeSantis’ political committee and campaign were sitting on a combined total of about $105 million as of April 30, according to finance reports filed with the state Tuesday.

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U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, the leading fundraiser among Democratic gubernatorial candidates, totaled slightly less than $6 million in cash on hand through his political committee and campaign account.

DeSantis raised nearly $8.16 million in April through his political committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis, and about $2.3 million through his campaign account, the reports show. The committee and campaign spent about $1.17 million..

The DeSantis committee ended April with about $99.1 million in cash on hand, while the campaign had $6.46 million.

Crist’s campaign raised $550,422 in April and had about $1.76 million in cash on hand as of April 30, according to the reports. His committee, Friends of Charlie Crist, raised $460,325 and had nearly $4.19 million on hand.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is battling Crist in the primary, raised $140,330 for her campaign account, which had $1.26 million on hand as of April 30. Fried’s political committee, Florida Consumers First, raised $293,708 and had about $2.59 million on hand.


Miami Sen. Annette Taddeo, the third prominent Democrat in the gubernatorial race, raised about $108,000 during the month and has about $706,000 cash on hand.

— News Service of Florida

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