Florida politicians are ramping up their efforts to snag a place in the state Cabinet, with both Republicans and Democrats steadily fundraising during the month of October.
Here’s how Cabinet hopefuls fared in committee fundraising numbers from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31.
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis raised six figures in October through his political committee, Treasure Florida, to keep his Cabinet post for another four years.
Patronis raked in $431,000 through Treasure Florida, with the largest donation ($50,000) coming from the Florida Jobs PAC. Former Florida House Speaker Allan Bense also donated $25,000 to the committee. Gulf Power was another top donor to the committee, pitching in $25,000 for Patronis’ reelection bid.
Patronis announced he would seek a full, four-year term to the job earlier this month. He replaced former CFO Jeff Atwater, who had served in the Florida Cabinet since 2010.
Patronis was tapped to the job by Gov. Rick Scott this June and many speculated he would make a run for the job once his shortened term was up.
“I get up every day excited to do this job. I love what I do,” Patronis recently wrote in a letter to supporters.
Patronis spent significantly less money than he raised in October ($2,000) leaving his committee with $643,000 cash on hand.
Patronis isn’t the only one with his eye on the CFO seat. Brandon Sen. Tom Lee has also been rumored to be mulling over a bid for the job for quite some time, and he’s currently heavy in the fundraising game should he decide to jump in the race.
During the month of October, Lee brought in $211,000 through his The Conservative political committee. The top donation — $36,000 — came from Christian Finance Resources, a Lake Mary-based nonprofit organization which helps out Christian churches and ministries.
The next-largest donation ($35,000) came from the Sunshine State Freedom Fund, which is connected to Alachua County…