Something doesn't smell right about the actions of The Mosaic Co., a leading Florida fertilizer company. OK, nothing ever smells good about the fertilizer business, but in this sense we mean it smells politically funny. The company ended up shelling out $10,000 at a fair auction for a cake baked by the nine-year-old daughter of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. And just whose good side would you want to be on if you're a Florida fertilizer company? Probably the Agriculture Commissioner.
Young Abigail Putnam baked a chocolate hazelnut cake for the Polk County Youth Fair Auction this week, and was surprised when her confection went for a staggering price of $10,000. Even the best caked typically go for between $200 and $500.
Turns out the winning bid came from the Mosaic Co, a supporter of the fair and leading employer in the county. Mosaic Co often buys things from children participating in the fair. Usually they buy pigs and other livestock and give the meat to charity.
An unnamed employee was giving a lump sum to buy things at the fair (last year the sum was $17,000), but ended up shelling out a lot of it on the politically-connected baby baker's cake.
Putnam, a Republican who gave up a promising career in the house to run for for Ag Co (and some speculate eventually Governor), didn't appreciate having his daughter put in such an awkward position.
"Even my 9-year-old knows a cake isn't worth $10,000," Putnam told The Ledger.
Putnam and his daughter agreed to donate 90 percent of the sum back the fair.
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"I am proud of my daughter and proud of her cake. She feels good about her decision and is excited about it. It's going to help a lot of kids."
Mosaic Co. is currently investigating why they spent so much on the cake to begin with.