Shortly before the start of this year’s Legislative Session, a political committee chaired by House Speaker Chris Sprowls raised $328,500, according to a newly filed finance report.
The report shows a March 1 date for the contributions to the committee Floridians for Economic Freedom. The Legislative Session started March 2, and lawmakers are barred from accepting contributions during the Session.
Large contributions to the Palm Harbor Republican’s committee included $50,000 from Centene Management Co., a major player in Florida’s Medicaid managed-care system; $25,000 from Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, an alcoholic beverage distributor; and $25,000 from Charter Communications, Inc., according to the report posted on the Florida Division of Elections website.
The committee spent $20,611 during March, including a $10,000 contribution to the Republican Party of Pinellas County.