Private prisons, vaping companies, and Duke Energy among top donors to Florida Republicans so far in 2019

Juul Labs donated $50,000.

Private prisons, vaping companies, and Duke Energy among top donors to Florida Republicans so far in 2019
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Preparing for the 2020 election year, the Republican Party of Florida raised $2.8 million from July 1 through Sept. 30, a new finance report shows.

The third-quarter haul brought to nearly $9.8 million the amount raised by the party this year. Contributions during the quarter included $100,000 from the auto-industry firm JM Family Enterprises, Inc.; $100,000 from the tobacco company RAI Services Co.; $100,000 from Conservatives for a Better Florida, a political committee led by state Rep. Daniel Perez, R-Miami; $50,000 from the vaping-industry firm Juul Labs; $50,000 from the tobacco company Altria Client Services; $50,000 from The Geo Group corrections company; $50,000 from Florida Power & Light; and $50,000 from Duke Energy Florida.

State political candidates, committees and parties faced a Thursday night deadline to file updated finance information.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, a report for the Florida Democratic Party had not been posted to the state Division of Elections website.

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