Jimmy Patronis adds $304K to CFO campaign warchest - Florida Politics

Jimmy Patronis adds $304K to CFO campaign warchest

Between his campaign account and political committee, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis raised more than $304,000 in February for his campaign to continue as Florida Chief Financial Officer.

The Panama City Republican raised $232,393 through his campaign account last month, and an additional $72,500 in his political committee, Treasure Florida. Overall, he’s raised more than $2.46 million to date – $1.8 million through his PAC, and $647,908 through his campaign account.

Patronis was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott last June to serve the remainder of the term won by Jeff Atwater, who resigned to take an administrative position at Florida Atlantic University.

Patronis announced in November that he would run for a full term in 2018.

Former state Sen. Jeremy Ring is the lone Democrat to enter the race. He’s yet to report on fundraising for February, but had raised a total of about $851,000 by of the end of January, including $100,000 in loans, and had about $353,000 on hand.

Thonotosassa Republican Tom Lee is widely expected to challenge Patronis. He had about $2.3 million on hand in his political committee, The Conservative, at the end of January.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.
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