Governor’s Group Gives Boost To Crist

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – With a $500,000 injection of money from the Democratic Governors Association, challenger Charlie Crist and a closely aligned political committee raised more cash from June 21 to June 27 than Republican Gov. Rick Scott and a Scott-tied committee.

The Crist committee, dubbed “Charlie Crist for Florida,” collected $625,150 during the seven-day period, with $500,000 of that total coming from the governors association. That raised the committee’s overall fundraising total to about $9.34 million.

Crist, a former Republican governor running as a Democrat this year, also raised $62,910 for his campaign account during the period, bringing its overall total to $3.96 million.

Scott, meanwhile, continues to hold an overall fundraising edge over Crist. The incumbent raised $253,237 for his campaign account from June 21 to June 27, giving it a total of $5.5 million. Also, the Scott committee, known as “Let’s Get to Work,” collected $262,000 during the seven days, bringing its overall total to $28.85 million.

The biggest contributor to the committee was The Villages, a Central Florida development that chipped in $100,000, according to newly filed reports.

Also, Let’s Get to Work reported spending $415,982 from June 21 to June 27, with $395,865 going to the Virginia-based Grassroots Targeting for what is described in the committee’s expenditure report as a “survey.”

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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