A Super PAC that has been active in spending in Florida’s special election to fill the seat of former Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., had receipts of $1.1 million during the first quarter of the year.
Values are Vital , a Super PAC, reported it had receipts of $1,102,000 and disbursements of $1,985,008 from January 1 to April 2nd., leaving $126,991 cash on hand.
The major donor was Ronald Firman, a retiree in Miami, Florida. Firman was given a $672,680 contribution refund on February 4, 2014, after having given $525,000 in December 2013 and $225,000 on January 13, 2014. Since January 14th, he has given $825,000. His net aggregate total to the PAC in 2013-2014 is $902,320.
Dave Brown, retiree from Sanibel, Fla., gave $50,000. Anthony Farhat, a home builder from Sanibel gave $1,000. Jack Stephenson, a real estate developer from Punta Gorda, Fla., gave $1,000.
During the period, the PAC spent $469,930 on independent expenditures supporting Paige Kreegel, R-Fla. Kreegel, who is a physician and one of the Republican candidates in the special primary election for the 19th congressional district on April 22, 2014. During the period the PAC also spent $230,993 against Curtis Clawson, R-Fla., and $112,326 against Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fla., who are both in the Republican primary.
The PAC has spent $52,785 on polling and research.
The special general election for the 19th district is on June 24th.
The PAC was started soon after Rep. Radel pleaded guilty in late November 2013 to possessing cocaine. Radel resigned on January 27, 2014.