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 mercurial veteran GOP political operative, Roger Stone, has acknowledged that he is the unnamed Trump campaign regular who corresponded with an alleged Russian hacker, as described in a new indictment against a dozen Russians returned Friday by a federal grand jury." He told ABC News that he previously admitted to the contact to House investigators. He called the correspondence "benign."
"A dozen Russian intelligence officers have been charged with conspiring" to hack into Democratic organizations, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and state election boards and private companies providing ballot verifying software for the 2016 presidential election, announced Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The Russians corresponded "with several Americans," Rosenstein said, who clarified that there was "no allegation in this indictment" that the Americans knew they were speaking with Russian hackers.
"President Trump described the European Union as 'a foe' in an interview with CBS News on Sunday, ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland. "I think we have a lot of foes," Trump said. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they are a foe."