Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis raised almost $500,000 last month for his campaign and political committee, as he continued building a fundraising lead over Democratic challenger Jeremy Ring.
Patronis’ monthly haul was bolstered by $76,000 from the health-care industry and $20,000 from two of the state’s major energy providers, TECO Energy and Florida Power & Light, according to numbers posted Monday on the state Division of Elections website. The incoming cash also included $25,000 from the Coral Gables-based political action committee Diversity… the Key to the American Dream, which was established by Mike Fernandez, a major Republican donor and founder of MBF Healthcare Partners. Fernandez set up the PAC in April to push for “diversity in the workforce and population.”
Patronis also received $10,000 from the Florida Prosperity Fund, an arm of Associated Industries of Florida that has given Patronis a total of $115,000, and $15,000 from the Florida Jobs PAC, a political wing of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, which has put $105,000 into the campaign.
Patronis’ $463,251 in May contributions were broken into $217,601 raised for his campaign account and $245,650 for his political committee Treasure Florida. Patronis has raised a combined total of $3.63 million in a bid to win the statewide office for the first time since being appointed to the job by Gov. Rick Scott in June 2017. Patronis started this month with about $3.2 million available in the two accounts.
Ring, a former state senator from Broward County and former Yahoo executive, brought in $59,603 last month, with his political committee, the Florida Action Fund, accounting for $35,000 of that total. Ring’s contributions last month included $10,000 from the Florida Alliance for Better Government and $15,000 from the Greater Florida Leadership Group. Ring began June with $458,674 on hand. Qualifying for the statewide office runs from noon June 18 until noon June 22.