Democrat Charlie Crist left the primary gate boosted by a $1.5 million cash haul in late August as the National Education Association and the Democratic Governor’s Association each gave his “Charlie Crist for Florida” committee hefty checks for $500,000.
By contrast, Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s political campaign, Let’s Get to Work, scored only $127,410 for the week ending Aug. 29 as the conservative billionaire Koch brothers wrote the committee the largest check of the period -- $25,000, according to reports filed at the Florida Division of Elections.
But Scott’s contributions to his political campaign during that period outpaced Crist’s as the governor raised $709,178 to Crist’s $272,682.
That brings the totals for both candidates – both political committees and campaigns – to $43.3 million for Scott and $28.6 million for Crist. Scott has spent proportionately more than Crist, however -- $28.3 million to Crist’s $11.6 million – as the Republican has loaded the airwaves with a barrage of heavy-hitting attack ads, forcing Crist to attack back.
The cash-on-hand numbers at this point, however, is where they are more evenly matched. Scott has $15 million in the bank and Crist has $11.6 million.
While the Democratic Governor's Association money brings the total from that organization to $2 million this cycle, the union money flowing to Crist is the real story this week, however. Scott has spent considerable capital, time and television buys in a calculated effort to walk back many of his early policy decisions on education and to soft-pedal his position on Common Core.