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TALLAHASSEE, FLA.10/25/17-Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, during the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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Wilton Simpson committee tops $182K in April

Continuing to pile up cash in advance of the November elections, a political committee led by Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson, a Trilby Republican, raised $182,250 in April, a newly filed finance report shows.

The committee, known as Jobs for Florida, had $2.36 million on hand as of April 30. Among its contributions in April were $25,000 from Florida Power & Light, $25,000 from a Florida Chamber of Commerce PAC and $20,000 from Duke Energy, according to the report filed last week.

If Republicans maintain control of the Senate, Simpson is in line to become president after the 2020 elections.

He also is running for re-election this year in Senate District 10 and had raised $411,335 for his campaign as of April 30.

The House speaker after the 2020 elections is expected to be Republican Rep. Chris Sprowls, of Palm Harbor. Sprowls’ political committee, known as Floridians for Economic Freedom, raised $61,000 in April and had about $900,000 on hand as of the end of the month, a finance report shows. Contributions to the committee included $25,000 from Florida Power & Light and $25,000 from the law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley.

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Sprowls is running for re-election this year in House District 65 and had raised $151,780 for his campaign as of April 30. His Democratic challenger, Alex Stephen Toth, had raised $183.

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