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Retailers back Ashley Moody for Attorney General

FRF PAC, the political arm of the Florida Retail Federation, announced Wednesday that it was backing Republican nominee Ashley Moody in the Attorney General race.

“As a former federal prosecutor and circuit court judge, Ashley Moody is uniquely qualified to serve as our next Attorney General,” said FRF president and CEO R. Scott Shalley. “The Florida Retail Federation looks forward to working with Ashley in combating the plague of organized retail crime and keeping our state and communities safe for our members and their customers.”

Moody, a former prosecutor and circuit court judge, has earned a plethora of endorsements during her campaign to be the state’s top cop. Among the GOP pols backing her bid are term-limited Attorney General Pam Bondi, a lifelong friend, and all but a handful of the state’s Republican county sheriffs.

Though most polling showed her behind Pensacola state Rep. Frank White in the lead up to last month’s primary election, she scored a double-digit win and is now set to face off against Democratic nominee Sean Shaw, also a Tampa Bay area native, in the general election.

Her primary campaign was bruising and expensive. Though she raised more than $4.7 million since entering the race, she only had about $83,000 banked between her campaign and committee accounts on Sept. 7.

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Shaw had $525,000 banked through the same date, though in total he’s only raised about a third of what Moody has since he declared for the Cabinet race at the beginning of the year. He announced the formation of a new finance committee earlier Wednesday.

Moody and Shaw will be joined on the ballot by unaffiliated candidate Jeffrey Siskind of Wellington. The general election is Nov. 6.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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