Bad news for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi: In October, her opponents started to raise money.
Good news for Bondi: It’s not much.
October campaign finance reports in the Attorney General race were released Tuesday, showing her campaign raised $76,578 in October, for a grand total of $481,479. In addition, an Electioneering Communications Organization named “And Justice for All” that’s dedicated to her reelection raised $84,100. That committee has raised a total of $894,082.
That gives Bondi, a former state prosecutor who was first elected attorney general in 2010, more than $1.3 million to spend against two Democratic challengers who entered the AG race near the end of October.
Because of that late entry, Florida House Minority Leader Perry Thurston and George Sheldon, the former secretary of the Department of Children and Families, had little time to scrape up enough money for a splashy debut of their campaigns’ finances.
Thurston, who announced on Oct. 26 that he was running, but didn’t file to run until Nov. 1. So he couldn’t raise any money until this month.