Jack Latvala raised more than $250,000 in the first week of March, much of which was raised in a single day.
Florida Leadership Committee, the Clearwater Republicanâ€™s political committee, raised at least $252,160 between March 1 and March 6, according to contribution data posted to the committeeâ€™s website. The committee received about $244,600 of that sum on March 6, the day before the 2017 Legislative Session kicked off.
Top contributors during the brief fundraising period, according to data posted on the website, including Associated Industries of Florida, Comcast Corp., Amscot Corp., Friends of Mount Sinai Medical Center, Minto Communities, Auto Tag of America, and the Florida Manufactured Housing Association PAC.
Latvala, the chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, is believed to be considering a 2018 gubernatorial bid and appears to be boosting his coffers ahead of an eventual decision. State records show Latvala raised nearly $1.1 million in February, marking one of the committeeâ€™s largest fundraising hauls to date.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and House Speaker Richard Corcoran are also often mentioned as possible 2018 contenders
On the Democratic side, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Orlando businessman Chris King have already announced their 2018 run, and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham are expected to formally jump into the race soon.