Democratic Governors Association opens Florida committee, raises $1.1m in May

Matt Dixon, (@Mdixon55)

The Democratic Governors Association has opened a Florida-focused political committee as the Washington-based group ramps up its support for Charlie Crist.

The group, which works to elect Democratic governors across the country, filed paperwork to setup “DGA-Florida PAC” in early May. It brought in $1.1 million over its first month, according to reports filed Tuesday.

The DGA has already spent $1 million in Florida this cycle. Much of that money has ended up with Florida for All, a group that has organized anti-Gov. Rick Scott rallies across the state.

The biggest contributions to the DGA’s new Florida wing came from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades ($150,000); pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventius US ($100,000); Wayne Jordan, an Oakland real estate developer and large fundraiser for Barack Obama ($100,000); and Ryan Smith, a Salt Lake City venture capitalist ($100,000).

The listed chairman of the new organization is Benjamin Metcalf, DGA’s chief financial officer.

The DGA’s competition, the Washington-based Republican Governor’s Association, has had a formal presence in Florida since December 2013. RGA Florida PAC has raised $575,000 over that time.

The group’s biggest donors are the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America ($175,000), and Centene Management Company, a Medicaid managed care company, ($100,000).

The RGA has also given more than $2 million directly to Let’s Get to Work, a Scott-aligned committee.

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