Florida’s political parties faced a more subdued fundraising quarter to begin this year as legislators were forced into a self-imposed fundraising ban during an early legislative session and Gov. Rick Scott steered cash to his political committee.
The Republican Party of Florida raised $2.9 million in the first fundraising quarter of the year, substantially down from the $7.4 million raised in the previous quarter when legislative leaders weren’t bound by a legislative fundraising ban. By contrast, Scott raised $1.3 million for his “Let’s Get to Work” committee in the period from Jan. 1 through March 31 alone.
The Florida Democratic Party raised $1.1 million for the quarter, down slightly from the $1.7 million raised for the preceeding quarter.