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Adam Putnam’s political committee raises over $126K in March

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam‘s fundraising committee raised a little more than $126,000 in March, but spent about $99,000 – or 78 percent of income, campaign finance reports posted Monday show.

Nonetheless, Florida Grown PC– the vehicle that likely will fund Putnam‘s 2018 bid for governor – now has total cash on hand of just over $3.3 million. Putnam, a Republican first elected in 2010, is term limited in his current office.

Committees faced a Monday deadline for reporting March numbers.

Top contributors last month were the Associated Industries of Florida PAC with $25,000 and M. Clayton Hollis Jr. of Lakeland with $15,000. Hollis is a retired vice president of public affairs for the Publix Super Markets Inc. chain.

March’s largest single expenditure was $55,000 in fees to Silloh Consulting, the company held by Justin Hollis, who chairs Florida Grown.

Other expenditures included $1,500 to Contribution Link for “database services,” $2,500 to Strategic Digital Services for “digital media services,” and nearly $9,200 to Mail Processing Associates for “printing.”

Generally, political committees aren’t limited in how much they can accept, unlike candidates’ individual campaign accounts.

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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 jim@floridapolitics.com.

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