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Campaign Matching Funds In Florida Top $11.9M

Florida on Friday doled out $371,268 in the latest round of matching funds for statewide candidates, with Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist getting most of the money.

Florida on Friday doled out $371,268 in the latest round of matching funds for statewide candidates, with Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist getting most of the money.

The latest amounts brought the total this year to $11.92 million, the most ever for a single election cycle, according to the state Division of Elections.

With $216,792 distributed to his campaign on Friday, DeSantis has received $6.77 million from the program.

Crist got $132,852 on Friday and is up to $3.38 million overall. Republican Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis pulled in $4,500 on Friday to bring his total to $212,826.

Adam Hattersley, a Democrat running against Patronis in the Nov. 8 election, has received a total of $157,540, with $8,974 sent his way on Friday. Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody picked up $8,150 on Friday to bring her total to $275,863. Her Democratic challenger, Aramis Ayala, isn’t participating in the program.

The two candidates for agriculture commissioner, Democrat Naomi Blemur and Republican Wilton Simpson, have not drawn money from the program.

Nikki Fried, who lost a Democratic gubernatorial primary, and Daniel Uhlfelder, who lost a Democratic primary for attorney general, also received matching funds.

Under the program, matches are provided for contributions of $250 or less from individuals to statewide candidates’ campaign accounts. Candidates drew $9.85 million in matching funds in 2018, $4.3 million in 2014 and $6.06 million in 2010.

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