GOP Cabinet candidates bring in cash
Republican Cabinet candidates outpaced their Democratic opponents in fundraising during the second week of September, even as their political committees lag in posting some big-dollar contributions.
State political candidates and committees faced a Friday deadline for filing reports that showed contributions and expenditures from Sept. 8 through Sept. 14.
State Rep. Matt Caldwell, a North Fort Myers Republican running for agriculture commissioner, has raised more than $1 million for his campaign account and the committee Friends of Matt Caldwell since the Aug. 28 primary elections, his campaign said Monday.
But the reports filed before the Friday deadline are more than $500,000 short of that mark, at least in part because they do not reflect some large contributions.
Not included, for example, was $100,000 that a committee known as Floridian’s United for Our Children’s Future — which is linked to the business group Associated Industries of Florida — reported it gave to Friends of Matt Caldwell on Sept. 12.
Similarly, the political committee Growing Florida’s Future, which is tied to former House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, a Merritt Island Republican, reported giving $25,000 on Sept. 10 to Caldwell’s committee.
Caldwell’s campaign said