December is typically a slow time for politicians to fundraise given the holidays. But the man most Republicans expect to run for governor in 2018 continues to pile up the cash.
Since the start of December Florida Agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam has raised more than $134,000 in a political committee he controls called Florida Grown PC. The Republican’s biggest donor in December was from a Tallahassee property management company called Arbor Properties, which gave Putnam $50,000.
Because Putnam is raising money in a PAC instead of a traditional campaign account he is able to get around campaign donation limits. Donors can only give a candidate for governor a maximum donation of $3,000, according to the Florida Division of Elections. But donations to political committees do not have the same restriction.
Since the start of 2015, Putnam has now raised more than $6.5 million for the committee, more than any other single politician in Florida than Gov. Rick Scott, who has raised more than $7 million in a political committee he controls called Let's Get To Work.