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Matching Florida Election Funds Total Hits $12.3M

Florida last week distributed $385,798 in matching funds to statewide candidates, with the vast majority of the money going to Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.

Florida last week distributed $385,798 in matching funds to statewide candidates, with the vast majority of the money going to Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.

The distributions pushed this year’s record total to $12.3 million, according to numbers posted online by the Florida Division of Elections.

With $192,523 going to his campaign on Friday, DeSantis had received a total $6.965 million from the program this year.

Crist got $165,483 in the latest round, bringing his total to $3.546 million. Under the program, matches are provided for contributions of $250 or less from individuals to statewide candidates’ campaign accounts.

Republican Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis pulled in $4,277 last week to bring his total to $217,103. Adam Hattersley, a Democrat running against Patronis, had received a total of $172,085, with $14,544 in the latest round.

Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody picked up $8,970 to bring her total to $284,833. Her Democratic challenger, Aramis Ayala, didn’t participate in the program.

The two candidates for agriculture commissioner, Democrat Naomi Blemur and Republican Wilton Simpson, also did not draw 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. 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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