Wilton Simpson sits on almost $13.5M cash at front edge of campaign season
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 3/3/22-Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, during session, Thursday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

He raised over $300K in the last half of March alone.

Wilton Simpson raised over $300,000 in March in his bid for Agriculture Commissioner.

Between his campaign and multiple committees, the Trilby Republican controls nearly $13.5 million in cash on hand.

That includes $304,350 raised in the last two weeks of March. As sitting Senate President, the legislator faced a prohibition on fundraising during the Legislative Session, which ended on March 14.

A total of $71,450 came into Simpson’s official campaign account. But he also controls several other political committees.

Friends of Wilton Simpson, a committee founded last August, raked in $229,500 for the month. In its short lifespan, the committee has built up a significant war chest with more than $5,070,881 in cash on hand.

Jobs for Florida, chaired by Simpson and opened in 2013, pulled in $3,400. It now sits on $882,164 in available cash.

Those are just two of the committees under the powerful politician’s control.

Future Florida, formed in 2019 and also chaired by Simpson, sits on $3,158,727, just $482 of that raised in the month of March.

And Florida Green PAC, a Simpson-led committee that likewise raised a humble amount of $474 in March, holds $3,101,692.

The committees were used to influence elections around the state as Simpson defended and expanded Republicans’ majority in the Florida Senate. Now, the dollars can now turn to a principal mission of elevating Simpson to higher office.

Add all the resources together and he’s working with $13,495,844 at the front edge of election season. That’s important as the lawmaker next week once again enters a brief Special Session when he also can’t raise dollars. But’s a major gain on the $12 million in cash Simpson boasted at the beginning of the year.

Simpson has also racked up endorsements from Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, and former Attorney General Pam Bondi. He also has the backing of 59 Florida Sheriffs, the NRA, Florida Farm Bureau FarmPAC, the Florida Police Benevolent Association, Florida Forestry Association, Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Florida.

But last week he drew a significant Primary challenge as well, with Winter Park Republican and Army veteran Chuck Nadd jumping into the race on the Republican side.

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].


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