Former President Bill Clinton's back-to-back rallies in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties on Monday are aimed at driving Democratic voters to the polls for Senate candidate Kendrick Meek, but the visit will also generate cash for the final week of campaigning before the Aug. 24 primary. Donors who give $2,400 get to hang out with Clinton before the rallies start.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is also helping Meek with cash flow by headlining fundraisers on Saturday and Sunday. And The Center for Responsive Politics reports that a former Hillary Clinton operative has started a political committee to promote Meek.
Meek will have spent only $2 million on television by the end of this week, compared to an estimated $11 million by rival Jeff Greene, a billionaire paying for his own campaign.
"We have to work with what we have,'' Meek told supporters yesterday in Lakeland. "Money is not going to dictate the outcome of this election."
We shall see. Greene unleashed a tough new anti-Meek mailer this week that accuses him of opposing higher cigar taxes to help pay for subsidized health insurance for poor children. "Big Tobacco first. Florida's kids last." Politifact rated this claim "barely true" last month because although Meek though the tax hike was too high, he voted for the legislation.