Matt Caldwell stretches fundraising lead in Ag. Commissioner race

Caldwell fried 9.13

As September receipts approached a close, Republican Matt Caldwell continued to outraise Democrat Nikki Fried in the race for Agriculture Commissioner.

Between his campaign account and his Friends of Matt Caldwell political committee, the North Fort Myers state Representative raised $610,220 between Sept. 22 and 28.

Caldwell has $159,128 in his campaign account, and another $595,691 in committee cash, giving him a total of $754,819.

Among the campaign account donors: Associated Industries of Florida, various regional associations of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Sugar, and several accounts associated with The Villages. All told, $178,220 came in during the last reporting week.

The committee side saw $432,000 of new money. Among the notable donors: the Chamber affiliated Florida Jobs PAC ($100,000); Floridians United for Our Children’s Future ($100,000), a political committee chaired by Ryan Tyson, the VP of political operations for Associated Industries of Florida; and the Republican State Leadership Committee ($50,000).

Fried is showing momentum, meanwhile, after a light week before. Her political committee (Florida Consumers First) brought in $70,000 between Sept. 22 and 28, pushing the committee total to $150,014 on hand.

The campaign account had $115,601 raised in the same period from 464 contributors. It has $175,964 on hand.

All told, Fried has $325,978 at her disposal.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


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