Wilton Simpson, Chris Sprowls raise big in last week of September

Cash continues to flow into political committees chaired by incoming Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker-designate Chris Sprowls, new finance reports show.

Reports spanning Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 show Sprowls’ committee, Floridians for Economic Freedom, reeled in nearly $158,000 across a dozen checks.

A third of the money came from political committee Floridians for Economic Advancement, while tobacco company RAI Services and alcohol distributor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits chipped in $25,000 apiece.

At the $10,000 level were Collier Enterprises Management, Peninsula Improvement Corporation, Pepin Distributing Company and Sarasota retiree Dennis McGillicuddy. Nationwide Title Clearing, Humana, Wawa, and Amazon rounded out the list, each pitching in $5,000.

Floridians for Economic Freedom also showed more than $600,000 in spending for the week, with nearly all of the funds pouring into the Florida House Republican Campaign Committee, the main committee backing GOP state House campaigns.

Sprowls, a Palm Harbor Republican, will take over as House Speaker after the election. He has raised nearly $5.5 million through his political committee since it launched five years ago. It entered October with nearly $3 million in the bank.

Simpson, who will take over as Senate President in November,

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