Simpson committee tops $200K in June


A political committee led by Senate Majority Leader Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, continued to rake in cash in June, raising $207,500, according to a newly filed finance report.

The “Jobs for Florida” committee had more than $1.26 million in cash on hand as of June 30.

Along with being majority leader, Simpson is a key player in the Senate because he is in line to become the chamber's president after the 2020 elections.

Among the contributions to the committee in June were $50,000 from Publix Super Markets, $25,000 from the insurer Florida Blue, $25,000 from Disney Worldwide Services and $25,000 from Costa Nursery Farms LLC, according to the report posted on the state Division of Elections website.

The committee also spent $139,210 during the month, including sending $25,000 to the Republican Party of Florida and $10,000 to “Friends of Ashley Moody,” a committee backing Republican attorney-general candidate Ashley Moody.

State political committees and candidates face a Monday deadline for filing updated finance reports with the state.