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Lenny Curry political committee raises $239K in August, pays for travel with Shad Khan

August 2017 was the biggest fundraising month since 2015 for “Build Something That Lasts,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry‘s political committee.

$239,050 of new money was brought in last month, compared to almost $69,000 spent; all told, the committee has $376,820 on hand.

The total is especially notable since Curry faces no political opposition to speak of in his inevitable 2019 reelection bid. Yet fundraising seems to be in campaign season overdrive.

The biggest single donation: $40,000 from the “Making a Better Tomorrow” committee, one that — like Curry’s committee and so many others — is based in Venice under the stewardship of Eric Robinson.

Curry’s committee also scored four $25,000 donations, including one from former Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver. As well, $14,500 was brought in by JAXBIZ  — the political arm of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

Of the $68,000+ spent, $30,000 went to Data Targeting Research, $25,000 to Meteoric Media Strategies, $5,000 to the political committee of Sheriff Mike Williams (“A Safe Jacksonville”).

As well, travel expenses totaling $1,416.29 went to Iguana Investments.

The Shad Khan company here is being reimbursed for a three city trip Curry took on Khan’s jet this summer, looking at sports-entertainment districts in different cities, exploring ideas for future development in Jacksonville.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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