e're still more than a year out from next year's race for governor and other key down ballot races — such as that of House Speaker-designate Dean Cannon of
— but the region's deep corporate pockets are already putting their checkbooks where their mouths are.
The recession may have scaled back the number of zeros on some checks, but the usual suspects are still busy on the campaign trail, with the bulk of dollars from big local companies going to the
, which has controlled the governor's mansion and the Legislature since 1999.
World, for example, has given nearly $110,000 so far to candidates as well as the committees and state parties supporting them.
In March, the company hosted a fundraiser for Adam Putnam, the Republican congressman from Bartow who is running for commissioner of agriculture against