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Big spenders popping up in N. Fla. congressional races

Federal campaign contributions of over $1,000, now required to be reported within two days, are starting to be filed in North Florida’s congressional races.

Federal Election Commission records show several “48-hour notices” in the filings for the conservative-leaning 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts, much of it money from political action committees, or PACs. The primary is Aug. 30.

By law, “Principal campaign committees must file 48-hour notices on contributions of $1,000 or more received after the 20th day, but more than 48 hours, before 12:01 a.m. of the day of any election in which the candidate participates.”

1st District candidate Matt Gaetz, for instance, this week reported $5,000 from the National Automobile Dealers Association PAC, $2,500 from the Humane Society Legislative Fund PAC, and $1,000 from the American Osteopathic Information Association PAC, among others.

This same week, fellow GOP challenger Greg Evers in that race reported a series of $1,000-plus donations from individuals.

They include $2,700 from Apryl Marie Fogel of Birmingham, Alabama, and $2,500 from Santa Rosa County pharmacy owner Steven Burklow.

Next door in the 2nd District, candidate Neal Dunn reported a series of PAC money-gives this week:

— $5,000 from the Alabama Farmers Federation PAC.

— $2,500 from the American Bankers Association PAC.

— $2,000 from the JM (Jim Moran) Family Enterprises PAC.

Another 2nd District GOP contender, Mary Thomas, reported a nearly $40,000 total string of $1,000 contributions from individuals this week, all but one of whom live outside the district, according to filings.

The third Republican candidate in that race, Ken Sukhia, reported a single $1,000 donation this week. It was from Tallahassee lobbyist Jon Johnson.

Written By

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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