A political committee linked to newly appointed state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis raised $135,000 in late August, as Patronis weighs running in 2018 for a four-year term in the Cabinet post.
The committee, known as Treasure Florida, formed in August and posted initial fund-raising numbers on its website. The $135,000 included $50,000 from Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., of Panama City, and $50,000 from the Florida Prosperity Fund, a PAC with ties to the business group Associated Industries of Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott appointed Patronis in June to finish the term of former Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who stepped down to take a position at Florida Atlantic University.
Patronis has not opened a campaign account to run in 2018, but the Treasure Florida committee could play a key role if he decides to run.
Patronis is a former Republican state House member from Panama City who also served on the state Public Service Commission.