State candidates filed their campaign finance reports covering the first three months of 2010 on April 15, 2010. The reports show strong results for major candidates in both parties. Among the highlights:
- Attorney General Bill McCollum, the leading Republican candidate for governor, raised $1,398,343 during the quarter. His total contributions were $4,669,475 and he has $3,876,126 in the bank.
- Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, raised $1,105,542. Her total contributions are now $6,174,850 and she has cash on hand of $5,021,722.
- The two Democratic candidates for Attorney General, Sen. Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres) and Sen. Dan Gelber (D-Miami Beach), have total contributions of $915,280 and $888,818, respectively. Sen. Aronberg has cash on hand of $704,457 and Sen. Gelber has cash on hand of $587,132.
- Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp leads his Republican opponents for attorney general with $590,474 in contributions and $515,708 in cash on hand. Pam Bondi, an assistant state attorney from Tampa, has raised $421,534 with $371,197 in cash on hand. Holly Benson, a former state legislator from Pensacola who has also served as secretary of two departments under Gov. Crist, has raised $401,282 with cash on hand of $313,602.
- In the race for chief financial officer, Sen. Jeff Atwater (R-North Palm Beach) has a strong lead over his likely Democratic opponent, former Rep. Loranne Ausley (D-Tallahassee). Sen. Atwater has raised $2,038,878 and has $1,925,111 in the bank. Ms. Ausley has $464,480 in total contributions and cash on hand of $346,755.
- The Republican candidate also has a strong fundraising lead in the contest for agriculture commissioner. U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam (R-12th Congressional District) has raised $1,436,161, with cash on hand of $1,197,183. His likely Democratic opponent, former Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox, has raised $324,783 and has cash on hand of $314,100.
- In state Senate District 12, one of the most hotly contested senate races of 2010, Republican Hillsborough County Commissioner Jim Norman has raised $450,560 and has cash on hand of $352,475. His primary opponent, Rep. Kevin Ambler (R-Tampa), reports total contributions of $266,315 and cash on hand of $71,479. In the contest to replace Sen. Atwater in Senate District 25, Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Ft. Lauderdale) has raised $425,404 with $270,716 in cash on hand. Her primary opponent, Rep. Carl Domino (R-Juno Beach), has raised $96,500 with cash on hand of $84,301. The Democratic candidate, Rep. Kelly Skidmore (D-Boca Raton), reports total contributions of $109,821 and cash on hand of $83,440.