Wilton Simpson committee tops $182K in April - Florida Politics

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.

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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. Sprowlsā€™ 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.

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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