Here’s who gave Florida’s elected Cabinet members political cash in June

(l to r) Florida Cabinet members Ashley Moody, Nikki Fried, and Jimmy Patronis, along with Gov. Ron DeSantis, honor a law enforcement officer. Florida Channel screenshot.

Florida’s Republican Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis, collected $10,000 in political cash from the Realtors Political Advocacy Committee in June.

The contribution to Patronis’ Treasure Florida political committee was among reports filed this week by members of Florida’s elected Cabinet.

Patronis’ political committee collected nearly $5.24 million since August 2017 —  $358,550 for 2019 alone —  from donors including insurance and financial interests, lobbyists, and others. Patronis oversees insurance companies plus banks and other financial institutions. The Treasure Florida political committee spent only $5 during June on bank service charges and had nearly $517,500 in cash on hand.

Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services Nikki Fried’s Florida Consumers First committee reported $2,131 in contributions during June – a marked reduction from $25,055 during May. The gifts came in small dollar amounts – the largest single donation was $250, followed by eight gifts of $100 – she even received one gift of $3 and 12 of $5. The total amount raised since May 2018 was nearly $1.6 million, including more than $159,000 during the year to date. The committee had nearly $257,000 in cash on hand.

Fried’s political committee spent nearly $30,247, with the largest expenditure of $8,000 going to Converge GPS LLC, a public relations firm founded by Jonathan Kilman, a Harvard-educated lawyer who has worked for the Florida House of Representatives and on campaigns including former Gov. Charlie Crist’s first gubernatorial effort in 2006.

Friends of Ashley Moody (Florida’s Republican Attorney General) remained quiet, having raised no money since January. The committee spent $928 during June, including $889 with the Coates Law Firm, and had $311,506 in cash on hand. Her committee raised about $5.2 million since June 2017, including $25,000 it collected in January.


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