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.