For the first time since he announced in November that he was running for governor, Charlie Crist’s political committee raised more money in a month than the campaign committee of his opponent, incumbent Rick Scott.
The “Charlie Crist for Governor Committee” raised $827,350 in February, nearly five times the $184,257 raised during the same period by Scott’s “Let’s Get to Work” committee.
Surpassing Scott’s fundraising behemoth is at least an indication that Crist can compete financially.
But it falls far short of providing solid proof that Crist still won’t be blown out in the months to come or at least catch up so he can compete.
Consider the many caveats to February’s numbers.
1) The month of February: Scott’s “Let’s Get to Work” Committee doesn’t raise big dollars this particular month. Maybe the staff takes off for a long Valentine’s Day sweetheart getaway. Maybe the cold weather and the long nights make the staff feel sorta lonely and depressed. February 2014’s total was the lowest the committee raised since...wait for it...February 2013, when it raised a paltry $11,500. And in February 2012, the committee mustered only $62,251. Since February 2012, Scott’s committee has averaged $1.26 million a month, but only $86,002 in the month of February -- making last month’s haul look pretty good by comparison.