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Rob Bradley panel rakes in $114k, leads Northeast Florida Senatorial committees

Working for Florida’s Families, the political committee of Senate Appropriations Chair Rob Bradley, raised more than $100,000 for the third straight month in January.

The first month of 2018 saw $114,050 of new money come into committee coffers off 37 contributions, bringing it up to $1.650 million raised, with roughly $795,000 on hand.

Among those who donated $5,000 and over in January: Florida CUPACJune Simpson, the wife of Tom Simpsonwho the U.K. Daily Mail calls a “pharmaceutical billionaire”; Florida Restaurant and Lodging AssociationChief Executive Officers of Management CompaniesUnited Health Group PACFloridian’s United for Our Children’s Future, a political committee seeded by Florida CrystalsFlorida Power & Light, U.S. Sugar, and Sheldon Adelson; shopping mall magnate Syd Ghermezian; and Comprehensive Health Management.

Bradley’s two Republican Senate colleagues from Northeast Florida saw quieter January committee fundraising.

Florida Conservative Alliance, the committee of Fernandina Beach Senator Aaron Bean, brought in $19,000 in January, pushing the total to $105,000 on hand. That number was paced by $5,000 contributions from Comcast and TECO Energy.


Sunshine State Conservatives, the primary committee of St. Johns County’s Travis Hutson, brought in just $6,500 in January; it has $105,000 on hand. Hutson’s secondary committee, First Coast Business Foundation, brought in no January money and has just under $9,000 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 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

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