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Campaign finance reports, due Thursday, start trickling in

Florida Cabinet officers, all Republicans, continue to sock away cash for their re-election efforts, according to newly-filed campaign money reports.

Candidates and political committees faced a Thursday deadline for submitting their latest reports.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam collected $300,691 in contributions in the month of March. Putnam raised a total of nearly $1.7 million through March 31, while spending about $232,000.

To compare, his Democratic challenger, Thad Hamilton, raised $811 and spent roughly $1,100 in March.

Attorney General Pam Bondi, a former Hillsborough County prosecutor, is raising money through two affiliated and similarly-named committees. They took in $77,000 in March.

“And Justice for All,” an electioneering communication organization, reported it has now raised $1,032,500. “Justice for All,” a political committee, has brought in a total of $563,798.

Both committees have collectively spent only $60,000, records show.

March numbers for Bondi’s standard campaign account weren’t posted as of late Thursday afternoon.

Democratic challenger George Sheldon raised about $50,000 in March and spent almost $55,000. His totals are now $193,000 coming in and nearly $156,000 going out.

Another Democrat challenging Bondi, state Rep. Perry Thurston, hadn’t filed yet for March.

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater’s March report also wasn’t available online as of 4 p.m.

UPDATE (5:30 p.m.): Bondi’s March report shows she raised $176,900, spent $3,555 and benefited from more than $85,000 of in-kind donations.

Her fundraising total is now over $1 million, expenditures are nearly $52,000 and in-kinds are almost $630,000.

UPDATE 2: Reports show Thurston raised $11,283 in March, bringing his total to $102,392.

Atwater raised $108,540 in March, bringing the total to nearly $1.6 million.