Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum‘s December provided his strongest campaign fundraising since last March, and it turns out the two months have something else in common: $100,000 checks from billionaire George Soros.

The New York Democratic financier donated $100,000 to Gillum’s Forward Florida Political Committee on Dec. 29, according to the latest disclosures posted on the committee’s website. That contribution helped the committee turn its first six-figure month since March, a month that was bolstered in part by an earlier Soros $100,000 check.

Forward Florida also reported receiving $31,000 in December from a research and education organization called Collective Future of Washington D.C. Last week Gillum’s campaign announced that the committee raised a total of $167,000 in December, its best month since last spring.

“Andrew Gillum has the momentum in the Democratic primary, and supporters all across this state have powered us from Day One. George Soros has dedicated his philanthropic efforts to empowering grassroots communities to make their voices heard in our country, and we’re pleased to embody those same voices through our candidacy,” Gillum’s campaign communications director, Geoff Burgan, stated.

Gillum faces former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, and Winter Park businessman Chris King in seeking the Democratic primary nomination to run for governor.

In March 2017 Forward Florida brought in more than $428,000, which until December had represented more than half of the committee’s receipts over a two-year period. That month also benefitted from $50,000 checks from Soros’ son Alex Soros and from television producer Norman Lear.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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