State Sen. Jack Latvala (R) “raised $273,000 last month for his political committee. … The August haul leaves the committee with about $4 million in the bank heading into September.”
“The top contributor to ‘Florida Leadership Committee’ last month was investor and hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones II, who cut a $50,000 check to Latvala. … The committee also spent about $100,000 last month, including a $20,000 payment to Tel Opinion Research, several small consulting contracts and a handful of donations to county level Republican parties.” (SaintPetersBlog)
“Like many of his Tampa Bay constituents … Latvala lives in a flood-prone evacuation zone. Ordered out Friday, he’s headed north to Tallahassee. Before leaving, [he] held a kickoff fund-raiser for his campaign for governor Thursday at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater — also in an evacuation zone.” Latvala called term-limited Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) response to Hurricane Irma “a little cautious.” (Tampa Bay Times)
WHO ELSE IS STILL RAISING MONEY? “Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine (D) dumped another $66,000 of his own money into his political committee last month. … Including his own money, Levine brought in $251,015 for ‘All About Florida’ last month. … Expenditures came in at just $38,000, including $8,000 to Matthew Van Name for campaign management, $6,000 to Edge Communications for consulting work, and $5,000 to Sayfie Media for event sponsorship.
Through the end of the month, the committee had raised a total of $4.77 million and had only spent about $116,000. Levine was the source of more than $2.6 million of that money.” (Florida Politics)
State Speaker Richard Corcoran’s (R) “political committee has hired Taylor Budowich. … Budowich joins Watchdog PAC from Tea Party Express … where he served as the organization’s executive director and national spokesperson.” (SaintPetersBlog)
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Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee are considering "refusing to vote to discharge" President Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in order pressure Sen. McConnell to take up a "sense-of-the-Senate resolution" that Special Counsel Mueller should be allowed to continue his investigation. If the Democratic Senators move forward with the plan, Republicans say McConnell "could simply trigger the so-called nuclear option" by declaring the move out-of-order, and bring Pompeo's nomination to the floor through a majority vote. The move is politically risky, as it would likely "heighten partisan tensions and play into President Trump’s arguments that Democrats are actively obstructing him."
"The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is poised to subpoena the Justice Department for former FBI Director James Comey’s memos, which the agency so far has failed to produce. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., warned such a move puts Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in jeopardy of being placed in contempt of Congress and the special counsel investigation of being shut down prematurely."