Fundraising continued to slow in the Republican race to replace Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam as June came to a close and candidates position themselves for the Aug. 28 primary election.
Baxter Troutman, a former state representative from Winter Haven who has pumped $3 million of his own money into his campaign, posted $23,670 in contributions between June 22 and June 29, according to the latest campaign finance reports posted by the Division of Elections.
The reports did little to alter the cash on hand for the three candidates, with little spending taking place during the week in which Grimsley, Caldwell and Troutman’s wife attended the Republican Party of Florida’s Sunshine Summit in Orlando.
Troutman, with a combined $1.45 million in his personal campaign and political committee accounts, continues to hold the most money. Meanwhile, Caldwell had a little over $1 million and Grimsley trailed with about $891,000.
The most active reporting in the week belong to Grimsley, who gave the Republican Party of Florida $50,000 and moved $300,000 from her political committee, Saving Florida’s Heartland, into a separate committee — Let’s Grow, Florida! — she launched in May.