Adam Putnam fundraising panel tallies $765K for December


Florida Grown, the political fundraising committee that could fuel Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam‘s bid for governor in 2018, posted $765,000 in contributions for December, campaign finance records show.

Reports were due to the state’s Division of Elections on Monday.

December’s haul brings total funds raised to nearly $4 million, with total expenditures now at around $818,000, for a cash-on-hand balance of close to $3.2 million.

The big checks at the end of 2015 include $150,000 each from Florida Power & Light and The Voice of Florida Business, a political committee tied to Associated Industries of Florida.

Publix Supermarkets kicked in another $100,000, followed by the same amount from Duke Energy.

Florida Jobs PAC, affiliated with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, chipped in $90,000, and the Florida Phosphate Political Committee gave $50,000, according to reports.

December’s biggest single line-item expenditure was $50,000 in consulting fees to Silloh Consulting, the company held by Justin Hollis, who chairs Florida Grown.

Hollis’ company also was reimbursed another $34,000 for “travel and event food and beverage,” reports show.

Generally, political committees aren’t limited in the size of check they can accept, unlike candidates’ individual campaign accounts.

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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