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Bondi, Atwater get boost from matching campaign funds

Already holding huge financial edges over their challengers, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater last week received influxes of state matching funds, according to campaign-finance reports filed Friday.

Bondi received $265,440 and Atwater received $332,285 in matching funds.

Bondi’s contribution total, including the matching funds, was $1,775,636 as of July 25, and the Republican attorney general had spent only $154,155.

One of Bondi’s Democratic challengers, George Sheldon, reported raising $10,115 from July 19 to July 25, giving him an overall total of $295,976.

Sheldon’s opponent in the Aug. 26 Democratic primary, Perry Thurston, reported raising $5,501 from July 19 to July 25, giving him an overall total of $175,360.

Combined with other money he has raised for his re-election bid, the Republican Atwater had collected a total of $2.37 million as of July 25, while spending only $124,031, according to his report.

Updated figures for Atwater’s Democratic opponent, William “Will” Rankin, were not posted on the state Division of Elections website Friday evening.

Rankin had raised a total of $14,340 as of July 18.