Around the South for Sep. 19: FL, SC & VA


Florida: Putnam, Graham lead fundraising. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (R) raised $314,000 for his gubernatorial bid in the month of August and a related PAC supporting him raised $727,000. On the Democratic side, former US Rep. Gwen Graham raised $242,000 in August, while an allied committee raised $120,000. Another Republican, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, though unannounced, has an allied PAC that brought in $1,088,000 in August. State Sen. Jack Latvala (R) did not announce until August, but an allied committee raised $272,000 in August ……. South Carolina: SCANA, a power company headquartered in Cayce, SC, undertook to build two nuclear reactors in Fairfield County, a project that went bankrupt, leaving a half-built facility and no clear path to finish it. The State newspaper reports that SCANA has given some $1.25 million in contributions to lawmakers since the year 2000. $90,000 recently went to 31 of the 32 legislators trying to figure out what happened to the failed project …….Virginia: Comstock bill on immigrant gang members passes House. The House last week passed a bill introduced by US Rep. Barbara Comstock (R) that would allow the federal government to deport or detain immigrants who are gang members. The measure was designed to combat the growing criminal activity of MS-13 in theWashington area …….