Pay-to-Play Putnam

Since its start in 2015, Putnam’s Political Action Committee, Florida Grown PC, has taken in almost $7M from just two sugar companies, directly and indirectly. We’ve included only donations from US Sugar and Florida Crystals, to nine other Political Action Committees from 2015-2018. From there we looked at the amounts those PACs contributed to Putnam’s PAC. We’ve illustrated the actual dollars in a simple visual showing how a company can buy a candidate’s campaign and ultimately, their vote. 


It is clear sugar owns Adam Putnam. He is their puppet, and he’s proven repeatedly that he works in the best interests of his big donors, not Florida’s water, waterways or Everglades. At this level, a politician cannot serve two masters. Putnam has shown, since he was first elected to office at the age of 23 that his loyalties are not really with us.




The sugar cartel in Florida, often referred to as Big Sugar, is a loosely organized collection of corporations, affiliates and shell companies. They are directed by the same handful of people, for the same outcome – to enrich two sugar baron families, the Fanjuls of Palm Beach and the heirs to CS Motts fortune based in Flint, MI, by reducing pollution standards and controlling water and politicians.

In the world of political gamesmanship, you cannot serve two masters. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. And in Florida, it’s the toxic algae in our waterways. 




The amount of money that just two sugar corporations have given to Putnam’s PAC, Florida Grown, since 2015, is more than $650,000.




The amount of indirect money that just two of the sugar cabal have given to Putnam’s PAC, Florida Grown, since 2015 is more than $7 million.


They do this through a transfer of money to other PACs, which in turn contribute to Putnam’s PAC. It’s a dizzying array of transfers of vast sums of money, meant to keep people in the dark about just how much money they are contributing.


They’ll tell you it’s “legal.” You know it’s legalized corruption.


We are working to update these numbers, as there are scores of affiliates and shell corporations and a tangled web of transfers from PAC to PAC to PAC to Florida Grown, Putnam’s PAC.


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