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Bondi, Atwater get boost from matching campaign funds


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Already holding huge financial edges over their challengers, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater last week received influxes of state matching funds, according to campaign-finance reports filed Friday.

Bondi received $265,440 and Atwater received $332,285 in matching funds.

Bondi’s contribution total, including the matching funds, was $1,775,636 as of July 25, and the Republican attorney general had spent only $154,155.

One of Bondi’s Democratic challengers, George Sheldon, reported raising $10,115 from July 19 to July 25, giving him an overall total of $295,976.

Sheldon’s opponent in the Aug. 26 Democratic primary, Perry Thurston, reported raising $5,501 from July 19 to July 25, giving him an overall total of $175,360.

Combined with other money he has raised for his re-election bid, the Republican Atwater had collected a total of $2.37 million as of July 25, while spending only $124,031, according to his report.

Updated figures for Atwater’s Democratic opponent, William “Will” Rankin, were not posted on the state Division of Elections website Friday evening.

Rankin had raised a total of $14,340 as of July 18.

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