Report: Fla. Republicans Raised $9M For Primaries

CBS Miami

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) — Florida Republicans have been raking in serious cash for this year’s primary elections.

The Florida GOP took in more than $9 million, significantly more than Florida Democrats who reported raising nearly $2.2 million during the last four months.

Both parties filed fundraising reports Friday that cover donations and expenses from April 1 to early August.

The two main political parties took in large donations from many of Florida’s influential corporations, including many that usually are involved in battles in the Florida Legislature. Those deeply involved in gambling issues also gave money.

Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who helped out Newt Gingrich in his presidential bid and has since given money to help Mitt Romney, donated $250,000 in June to the Republican Party. Las Vegas Sands, which is owned by Adelson, was one of the companies that supported a bill this past year to bring large casinos to South Florida.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which opposed…

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