Adam Putnam political committee takes in nearly $700K in October


Heavy giving by political groups connected to Florida’s premier business lobby has pushed Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam‘s political committee to more than $3 million in total fundraising.

October fundraising numbers were due Tuesday; figures for Florida Grown PC were posted on its website Tuesday morning but not yet available on the state’s campaign finance page.

The latest report shows close to $700,000 raised in October, with $450,000 of that coming from the Associated Industries of Florida political committee and two other fundraising panels linked to AIF: The Voice of Florida Business and Floridians for a Stronger Democracy.

The 41-year-old Putnam, now in his second term as Florida agriculture commissioner, is widely expected to run for governor in 2018.

Another $100,000 was ponied up to Florida Grown by Skye Lane Properties, a St. Petersburg-based real estate concern.

It’s the sister company to Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Co., which gave $110,000 toward Gov. Rick Scott‘s 2014 re-election, then reaped a $52 million deal to take over about 60,000 policies from Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state-run insurer of last resort.

Ed Burr, a real estate investor and chairman of Florida State University’s Board of Trustees, kicked in $10,000.

Other October funders include Disney Worldwide Services ($25,000) and TECO Energy ($10,000), according to reports.

In smaller gives, a group called “GM Trial Lawyers for a Better & Smarter FL” donated $1,500.

That committee is chaired by Gerald Greenspoon, co-founder of South Florida’s Greenspoon Marder law firm, which “defend(s) clients against a variety of class actions brought under state and federal law,” its website says.

Florida Grown also reported about $75,000 in expenses for October, including $62,000 to Silloh Consulting for services and reimbursements. The company is held by Justin Hollis, who chairs Florida Grown.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected].


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