State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (R) and former Rep. Gwen Graham (D) “continued last month to hold financial edges over their opponents in the 2018 race for governor, but a potential candidate — state House Speaker Richard Corcoran — is quickly building up cash, new reports show.”
“Putnam … brought in $313,565 for his campaign in August, while a closely aligned political committee, known as Florida Grown, raised $726,634.”
“Graham … raised $241,721 for her campaign in August, while an allied political committee, known as Our Florida, raised $119,547. … Graham’s campaign had $736,185 in cash on hand as of the end of the month, while Our Florida had nearly $1.72 million.”
Housing investor Chris King (R) “raised $34,533 for his campaign, while an allied political committee, known as Rise and Lead, Florida, collected $47,900. The campaign had slightly less than $1.1 million on hand as of Aug. 31, while the committee had about $572,000.”
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) “collected $60,855 for his campaign during the month, while a linked political committee, known as Forward Florida, raised $14,000, the reports show. The campaign had slightly more than $452,000 on hand as of Aug. 31, while the committee had about $153,000.” (News Service of Florida)
If Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) runs, “a committee called Fund For Florida’s Future is expected to back him and has more than $1.4 million in the bank.” (Palm Beach Post)
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The bipartisan legislation, known as the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act, means taxpayers will "no longer foot the bill" for sexual harassment settlements involving members of Congress." The legislation "would require members to pay such settlements themselves." It also reforms the "cumbersome and degrading" complaint process by giving victims "more rights and resources," and by simplifying and clarifying the complaint process. The legislation is the first major transformation of the sexual harassment complaint system since it was created in 1995.
"The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency." Investigators have focused on Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank "who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA." The solicitation or use of foreign funds is illegal in U.S. elections under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by either lobbying groups or political campaigns. The NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections.
"Hundreds of new and supplemental FARA filings by U.S. lobbyists and public relations firms" have been submitted "since Special Counsel Mueller charged two Trump aides with failing to disclose their lobbying work on behalf of foreign countries. The number of first-time filings ... rose 50 percent to 102 between 2016 and 2017, an NBC News analysis found. The number of supplemental filings, which include details about campaign donations, meetings and phone calls more than doubled from 618 to 1,244 last year as lobbyists scrambled to avoid the same fate as some of Trump's associates and their business partners."