Friday, August 22
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans and Democrats are spending millions they received this year from corporations and wealthy donors.
New campaign finance reports filed on Friday show that the Republican Party of Florida raised nearly $15 million between April and Aug. 21. The Florida Democratic Party raised $13.3 million during the same time period. This is the final report before the primary.
Republicans took money from high-powered corporations such as U.S. Sugar and Disney as well as private prison company The Geo Group. Donald Trump gave the party $100,000 while his daughter donated another $25,000.
The largest Democratic donor was a political committee aligned with former Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist's political committee donated $7.8 million since April. But since that time the party has paid for television ads that have helped Crist.