Publix a big player as Florida elections near

Posted at 9:40 AM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 09:41:36-04

With the primary and general elections nearing, Publix Super Markets has made more than $300,000 in state political contributions this month, according to newly filed finance reports.

Publix contributed at least $306,000 from Aug. 1 to Aug. 12, the latest date for information posted on the state Division of Elections website.

Of that amount, $250,000 went to Florida Chamber of Commerce political committees, while another $50,000 went to "Florida Grown," a committee closely tied to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Publix also made $1,000 contributions this month to six state House candidates: 

  • Ormond Beach Republican Tom Leek, who is running in House District 25;
  • Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, a Mount Dora Republican running in House District 31 
  • Tampa Republican Rebecca Smith, who is running in House District 60 
  • Tampa Democrat Dianne Hart, who is running in House District 61 
  • St. Petersburg Democrat Ben Diamond, who is running in House District 68 
  • Sarasota Republican Alex Miller, who is running in House District 72

©2016 The News Service of Florida. All rights reserved. Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. You can view the Terms of Use on our website.