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Bondi nears $1.4 million in fundraising toward re-election


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— Incumbent Attorney General Pam Bondi continues to outflank her competitors in overall political fundraising, according to online campaign finance records.

Bondi, a Republican and former Hillsborough County prosecutor, raked in $41,050 from June 21 to 27 toward her re-election, Division of Election reports show.

With the general election less than four months away, candidates for statewide office must report their campaign finances much more frequently through the summer.

Bondi also logged $15,864 in in-kind donations and declared $441 in expenditures.

Her total stands at nearly $1.4 million in contributions, $811,000 in in-kind donations and nearly $76,000 spent on campaigning.

Her nearest challenger in fundraising, Democrat and former state and federal official George Sheldon of Tallahassee, has raised a total of almost $264,000 and spent $255,000, meaning roughly $9,000 on hand.

Tampa’s Bondi, on the other hand, has more than $1.3 million in the bank.

Another Democrat, outgoing House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale, has raised nearly $153,000, another $15,000 in kind and spent $50,000 overall, records show.

Libertarian candidate and attorney Bill Wohlsifer of Tallahassee shows totals through June of $11,245 raised, $5,900 in kind and $17,664 spent.

The greater Jacksonville region was represented among Bondi’s most recent contributors:

♦ Angela Corey, the Jacksonville area’s top prosecutor, gave $500. Corey was the special prosecutor in the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case.

♦ State Board of Education chairman Gary Chartrand and his wife, Nancy, of Ponte Vedra Beach, gave Bondi $1,000 each. Gary Chartrand is executive chairman of Acosta, a sales and marketing agency.

♦ Thomas Petway and his wife, Elizabeth, of Atlantic Beach gave $1,000 each. Tom Petway is an insurance executive, co-founded the Jacksonville Jaguars football team and is a top GOP donor.

♦ Florida Blue, the medical insurer based in Jacksonville, contributed $2,500.

Previous contributors included Philadelphia-based cable television giant and NBC Universal owner Comcast Corp.; California-based Internet search engine and Web portal Yahoo Inc., and father and daughter real-estate moguls Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump of New York.

Bondi also has two outside fundraising panels: And Justice For All, an electioneering communications organization, and Justice for All, a political committee.

Together, they’ve taken in more than $1.7 million and spent about $127,000, according to reports.

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