State Rep. Matt Caldwell, the Republican candidate for Agriculture Commissioner, quickly started replenishing his coffers after a tough primary, pulling in about $165,000 during the first week of September for his campaign account and a political committee.
The one-week haul included contributions of $25,000 from Atlanta-based fuel and convenience-store company RaceTrac, $25,000 from the Florida Phosphate Political Committee and $10,000 from Tampa-based TECO Energy, according to a report posted on the state Division of Elections website.
Caldwell, who spent nearly all of the $2.6 million he raised before winning a four-way primary on Aug. 28, had a combined $198,981 on hand as of Sept. 7 in his campaign account and the committee Friends of Matt Caldwell.
Caldwell’s fundraising helped bring him more in line with Democratic candidate Nikki Fried, who ended the first week of September with about $227,000 on hand in her campaign account and the political committee Florida Consumers First.
Fried, an attorney and medical-marijuana lobbyist from Fort Lauderdale, raised $13,394 for her campaign account during the first seven days of the month. Florida Consumers First reported no new contributions in the same period.