“For the fourth consecutive month,” former Rep. Gwen Graham (D) “has raised more than $350,000 and has now amassed more than $3 million in support of her run for governor.” (release)
Housing investor Chris King (D) “will report $154,000 in contributions to his gubernatorial run in July. … King’s haul makes for nearly $2.4 million raised since he entered the race in April, and his operation said he has $1.7 million of that total on hand between his campaign account and his political committee, ‘Rise and Lead, Florida.’” (Florida Politics)
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine’s (D) “political committee, All About Florida, added another $500,000 in July,” bringing “the total raised for the political committee to $4.6 million.” (Florida Politics)
ATTORNEY FEES. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) “as spent almost $25,000 so far on attorneys during his gubernatorial campaign, mostly due to his use of state-owned email software for campaign-related messages.” The fees “come in much higher than” Graham and housing investor Chris King (D), “each of whom spent roughly $15,000 on attorney fees since entering the race.” (Florida Politics)
ENDORSEMENTS. Trump adviser Roger Stone “is breaking party ranks and said he’d endorse” attorney John Morgan (D) “for governor if he ran. Their common bond: medical marijuana legalization, an issue that once divided them.” (Politico)
Though state Speaker Richard Corcoran (R) seems like a leading contender “to earn the support of President Donald Trump,” his comments about Trump during the 2016 election will put him at a disadvantage in getting the president’s endorsement. (Central Florida Post)
RUNNING FOR IT. Despite setting an “Aug. 16 date to announce if he will run for the governor’s mansion,” state Sen. Jack Latvala (R) “doesn’t appear to be waiting” as he visits local spots in the state. On Friday, Latvala spoke at a community church and “said lawmakers will need to revisit changes — driven by Corcoran during the 2017 legislative session — that have created fissures between the state’s tourism-marketing agency and regional tourism groups.” (Florida Politics)
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