Relatives of Publix founder George Jenkins have made sizable contributions to candidates and committees in current election cycle

LAKELAND — Separately from Publix’s political action committee, some Polk County residents whose wealth derives from the company have been active in supporting candidates and political committees.

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Julie Fancelli, a part-time Lakeland resident and the daughter of Publix founder George W. Jenkins, has contributed $171,300 to a committee supporting President Donald Trump and another $170,900 to the Republican National Committee.

Her son, Gregory Fancelli, also a part-time Lakeland resident, has given $11,200 to a committee supporting Trump. He has contributed $5,600 to the campaign of U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, the local representative who has not received money from the Publix PAC.

Carol Jenkins Barnett, also a daughter of the Publix founder, and her husband, Barney Barnett, have contributed $41,800 to candidates and committees in the current cycle. That amount includes a gift of $20,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The Lakeland couple have also donated $5,600 to Scott Franklin, a Lakeland city commissioner who is challenging Spano in the Republican primary. Their son, Nicholas Barnett, has given $1,000 to Spano’s campaign.