Political committees linked to the business group Associated Industries of Florida poured hundreds of thousands of dollars last week into PACs supporting Republican candidates for state Cabinet posts and Republican Senate campaigns, newly filed reports show.
The AIF-linked committees known as Florida Prosperity Fund and Floridian’s United for Our Children’s Future gave $200,000 to Friends of Matt Caldwell, a PAC supporting Republican agriculture-commissioner candidate Matt Caldwell. The AIF-linked Voice of Florida Business Political Action Committee gave $115,000 to Friends of Ashley Moody, a PAC supporting Republican attorney-general candidate Ashley Moody. Floridian’s United for Our Children’s Future also gave $55,000 to Treasure Florida, a PAC supporting Republican state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, according to the reports posted on the state Division of Elections website.
Meanwhile, the Voice of Florida Business Political Action Committee gave a combined total of $100,000 to Innovate Florida, a committee led by incoming Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, and the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, also led by Galvano. The AIF committees receive money from major corporate players in the state. Contributions last week, for example, came from United States Sugar Corp., TECO Energy, Inc., Florida Crystals Corp. and Florida Power & Light, the reports show.