Jeff Greene, Thomas Buhr cut big checks for Nikki Fried

Nikki Fried
The two donors comprise more than half of what Fried's political committee raised this month.

Correction: A previous version of this post stated a different Jeff Greene donated to a Nikki Fried-led political committee.

A couple of major donors put their financial weight behind Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried for Governor.

Donation reports for Fried’s political committee, Florida Consumers First, shows writer Thomas Buhr donated $25,000. Jeff Greene also sent $10,000 through his company, Jeff Greene & Associates.

The two donations made up more than half of the $55,380 raised by the political committee over the first 16 days of June.

Fried was elected Agriculture Commissioner in 2018. She ultimately became the only Democrat to win state office that year — and by a historically close margin.

Buhr chipped in the largest donation this month to the campaign. A conservationist based in Luzurne, Michigan, this isn’t his first entry into Florida politics. The founder of Anglers of the Au Sable supported the successful campaign in 1994 for the Save Our Sea Life constitutional amendment that made 500-foot gillnets illegal.

He has since produced a number of written academic and commercial works and served as editor of Anglers from 2004 through 2013. His official bio says he splits his time these days between Michigan and Florida’s Treasure Coast.

Those were the only five-figure checks to land in Fried’s committee coffers so far. Like the committees for the other candidates for Governor, Florida Consumers First is reporting donations through the month.

The committee also ramped up its spending in early June, dropping $46,233 on fees for Kevin Cate Communications in Tallahassee and $42,613 on polling with Washington-based HIT Strategies.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


5 comments

  • Arthro

    June 18, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    I thought Democrats didn’t like rich people using their big money to buy elections…? Throwing this money behind Nikki Fraud is the same as flushing it down the toilet.

  • Tom

    June 18, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Underwhelming announcement, financial amendments, struggling campaign and woeful fundraising. All the marks of a blowout.

  • Ed

    June 19, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Two people with money to burn. Donating money to Fried is a guaranteed loser. She stands no chance at all and probably won’t even be the Democratic nominee.

    • Tom

      June 24, 2021 at 2:50 pm

      A joke of Campaign.
      The recent polling will dry up her financial tree. She may be withdrawing shortly. Really bad effort.

  • Evan Miller

    June 21, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Another liberal hack with a double standard.

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