FL Republicans nearly double Democrats’ party contributions in the first quarter of 2020

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Florida Republicans nearly doubled the Democrats in contributions to their political parties in the first three months of 2020, new election reports show.

The GOP, which controls the governor’s office as well as the majorities in the Florida Senate and House, reported $2.47 million in contributions from Jan. 1 to March 31, according to the report.

The Democrats collected $1.26 million for their party in the same period, the report shows.

The largest contributors in the last quarter to the Florida Republican Party included:

–$175,000 from Duke Energy, a utility company.

–$100,000 from Leon Medical Centers, a Miami-Dade County based health care company.

–$100,000 from Anderson Columbia Co. Inc., a road-building and construction company.

–$100,000 from Neomi Dezertzov, a Miami-Dade County woman whose family is involved in real-estate ventures.

–$123,000 from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, representing in-kind donations such as theme park admissions and rooms at the company’s parks.

The Florida Democrats’ largest contributors in the last quarter included:

–$339,000 from Eric Schmidt, a technology executive from Palo Alto, California.

–$240,000 from Henry B. Laufer, a Palm Beach County investor.

–$90,000 from Jeffrey C. Walker, a New York City based investor.

–$50,000 from the Florida Justice Association, a trial lawyers’ organization.