Chris King attracts $100K in campaign donations in December – Florida Politics

Chris King attracts $100K in campaign donations in December

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King raised just over $100,000 combined in December for his official election campaign and his independent political committee Rise and Lead, Florida, his campaign announced Friday.

With the December draw, King’s two committees reported raising $2.97 million total in 2017, and ended the year with $1.62 million cash on hand, his campaign reported.

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King’s official campaign committee began December with $1.17 million left in the bank, and Rise and Lead with about $500,000. The latest numbers have not yet been posted.

“I’m encouraged by the response we’ve received in 2017, from across Florida, to a governor who has a fresh approach to politics and who can grow our economy so it works for everyone,” King stated in a news release from his campaign. “Now I’m excited to see all we’re able to accomplish in 2018.”

King, a Winter Park businessman, faces U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in seeking the Democratic primary nomination to run for governor. The leading Republican contenders are U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam of Bartow.

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.
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