Here are the highlights of the official first quarter fundraising
numbers that came out last night. (With a helpful
assist from Christina Johnson over at On3PR)
Toplines in the governor's race: Republican Bill McCollum raised just less than 1.4 million in the first three months of 2010, compared with Democrat Alex Sink's 1.1 million. Sink still holds the overall edge in campaign cash, though, with $5 million on hand compared to $3.8 million for McCollum. GOP challenger Paula Dockery has $410,000 on hand. That figure includes $280,000 in personal cash she has put into her campaign.
An interesting note in the AG race. Days before the official numbers came out, Democratic Sen. Dan Gelber announced an impressive haul of $330,000. Turns out that number was pumped up with about $100,000 worth of in-kind contributions. His actual cash haul was $218,000.
Other AG candidates: Sen. Dave Aronberg took in $259,000 to use in the primary against Gelber. On the Republican side: Lt. Gov Jeff Kottkamp raised $232k, Pam Bondi raised $222k and Holly Benson raised $198k.
Senate President Jeff Atwater and Congressman Adam Putnam
both opened up wider leads in their races for CFO and Agriculture
Commissioner. Atwater took in $446,000 and has almost $2 million on
hand. His Democratic challenger, Loranne Ausley has $346,000 on hand.
Putnam had about $1.2 million on hand, while Democrat Scott Maddox has