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Jimmy Patronis has raised $2 mil for CFO bid, per internal memo

CFO Jimmy Patronis was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott last year to his Florida Cabinet post, giving him many of the advantages of a true incumbent

An internal memo to Patronis supporters makes the point clear. More than $2 million has been raised just a few days into February, and $1.98 million of that will be on the January finance reports, which go public in a few days.

Patronis’ campaign will report a January total of $121,825, and a cumulative total raised of $360,515. Patronis’ political committee, Treasure Florida, will report $193,000 in January money, and a total of $1,620,350.

Patronis’ fundraising efforts will continue with an event in Panama City on February 23.

And resources, per the memo, will be deployed on statewide digital advertising to “highlight the CFO’s work to provide mental health benefits to Florida firefighters and his support for policies that cut taxes and create jobs.”

Patronis faces a primary opponent, Antoanet Iotova, but that opponent has yet to report fundraising.

The sole Democratic candidate, Jeremy Ring, reported $217,195 raised at the end of 2017, and had $105,000 on hand.

As of the end of 2017, Ring had raised $479,352 for his Florida Action Fund. The political committee had $145,000 on hand.

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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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