Republican Adam Putnam, long thought be a top contender for governor in 2018, is growing one of the most dominate political fundraising committees in Florida.
New campaign finance reports show Putnam has topped $3 million in donations to a political action committee he runs called Florida Grown. In October, Putnam’s account grew by more than $600,000 thanks largely to Associated Industries of Florida and groups it is affiliated with. Three political committees with ties to AIF combined to give $450,000 in just October to the 41-year-old Republican.
Another $100,000 came from Skye Lane Properties, a Clearwater Company.
Putnam, a Polk County Republican, is in his second and final term as the state’s agriculture commissioner, after serving 10 years in Congress and 4 years in the state Legislature.
The $3 million raised for Putnam’s committee is second only to Gov. Rick Scott’s Let’s Get to Work Committee, which has raised $3.8 million through October, according to campaign finance disclosure records.