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Matt Caldwell stretches fundraising lead in Ag. Commissioner race

As September receipts approached a close, Republican Matt Caldwell continued to outraise Democrat Nikki Fried in the race for Agriculture Commissioner.

Between his campaign account and his Friends of Matt Caldwell political committee, the North Fort Myers state Representative raised $610,220 between Sept. 22 and 28.

Caldwell has $159,128 in his campaign account, and another $595,691 in committee cash, giving him a total of $754,819.

Among the campaign account donors: Associated Industries of Florida, various regional associations of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Sugar, and several accounts associated with The Villages. All told, $178,220 came in during the last reporting week.

The committee side saw $432,000 of new money. Among the notable donors: the Chamber affiliated Florida Jobs PAC ($100,000); Floridians United for Our Children’s Future ($100,000), a political committee chaired by Ryan Tyson, the VP of political operations for Associated Industries of Florida; and the Republican State Leadership Committee ($50,000).

Fried is showing momentum, meanwhile, after a light week before. Her political committee (Florida Consumers First) brought in $70,000 between Sept. 22 and 28, pushing the committee total to $150,014 on hand.

The campaign account had $115,601 raised in the same period from 464 contributors. It has $175,964 on hand.

All told, Fried has $325,978 at her disposal.

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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 FloridaPolitics.com 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 a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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