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Scott laps Crist four times in January fundraising


Gov. Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get to Work” committee raised $3.4 million in January, but, for the first time, he got an additional boost from his own campaign account, according to finance reports due Monday.

Scott reported raising $734,036 in January, giving his candidacy a combined $4.1 million for the month. It’s the first month his personal campaign account raised money and it’s four times what his rival, Charlie Crist, managed to raise.

Crist raised $636,800 through his "Charlie Crist for Florida" committee. Combined with the $374,767 his own campaign raised, Crist brought in $1,011,567.

Lagging behind Scott is hardly good news for Crist, considering that Scott has already raised $32,262,936 through January, while Crist, who announced his run in November, has raised a total of $5,048,031.

But at least Crist is slow to spend what he’s got, blowing through only $380,237 of his total through January. But Scott has been miserly as well, spending about $519,569.

Attorney General Pam Bondi continued to outpace her three rivals, raising $10,000 in her "And Justice for All" committee and another $178,000 from her "Justice for All committee". Of course, you already read that in this blog post.

But here’s some more info. Her biggest contribution by far came from the Republican State Leadership Committee-Florida PAC, which threw in $100,000. Other notable contributions came from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and Florida Power & Light. All three gave $25,000 each.

But that’s just the combined total from her committees. Don’t forget that she also has her own campaign account, which raised another $147,293 ($50,000 of that courtesy of Republican Party of Florida in-kind contributions) so her combined total in January was $325,293.

Since announcing her reelection bid in July, Bondi has raised about $2.1 million.

By comparison, Florida House Minority Leader Perry Thurston managed to scrape only $4,679 together to raise his total to $38,494 and former secretary for the Florida Department of Children and Families, George Sheldon, raised $20,180 to raise his total to $78,512.

(Actually, not a bad month for Sheldon. Is he pulling ahead of Thurston for the Democratic nomination?)

Libertarian AG candidate Bill Wohlsifer raised $822 in January to raise his total to $1,622.

Republican Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater didn’t let his failed bid to be the president of Florida Atlantic University put a damper on his fundraising efforts. He raised $106,388 in January, upping his total to nearly $1.3 million, dwarfing his Democratic opponent, William Rankin, who mustered an absurdly low $373 for a total of $5,574.99.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam raised $101,630 in the first month of 2014, so he has nearly $1.3 million, too. His Democratic opponent, Thaddeus Hamilton, raised $3,967 for a total of $10,485.