Incumbent NE Florida Senators pad campaign war chests in November – Florida Politics (blog)
Correction: A previous version of this post misidentified a consultant for Sen. Travis Hutson. We regret the error.
Northeast Florida’s State Senators continued strong fundraising in November. Three of them for re-election, and another on the committee level only.
Sen. Aaron Bean brought in $14,600 in new November money to his campaign account, pushing the hard money tally over $84,000.
The most interesting Bean Team donation, amidst the usual daps from construction and pharma: $2,000 from the auction industry (Stuart’s “Florida Auctioneer Academy” and an associated auction house cut the checks).
Bean’s political committee, Florida Conservative Alliance, brought in $11,500 — pushing that cash on hand to $91,752. “Consumer Health Alliance” was in for $10,000, and prison industry darlings The Geo Group kicked in $1,500.
All told, Bean has over $175,000 to deploy, 11 months ahead of an election in which he runs unopposed.
Also unopposed, and carrying a six-figure bankroll into a 2018 election: Sen. Audrey Gibson.
The Jacksonville Democrat is the leader-designate for Senate Dems, and for the fourth straight month she brought in over $10,000. Gibson has raised $118,268, and has $102,095.82 of that on hand.
Among Gibson’s donors: Dosal Tobacco Company, Florida Bankers Association PAC, Florida Home Builders, Wal-Mart and Walgreens.
Though he’s not on a ballot again until 2020, St. Johns County Sen. Travis Hutson is likewise gearing up — even if, like Bean and Gibson, meaningful opposition won’t manifest.
Hutson, Chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries committee, brought in $5,000 of December money, via five $1,000 checks: Dosal Tobacco, United Phosphorus, and Isle of Capri Casinos all anted up.
Hutson dropped $6,000 on consulting to Front Street Consulting.
Hutson has almost $38,000 in hard money.
One of Hutson’s affiliated political committees, First Coast Business Foundation, didn’t report