Here are the highlights of the official first quarter fundraising
numbers that came out last night. (With a helpful
assist from Christina Johnson over at On3PR)
Toplines in the governor's race: Republican Bill McCollum
raised just less than 1.4 million in the first three months of 2010,
compared with Democrat Alex Sink's 1.1 million. Sink still holds
the overall edge in campaign cash, though, with $5 million on hand
compared to $3.8 million for McCollum. GOP challenger Paula Dockery
has $410,000 on hand. That figure includes $280,000 in personal cash she has put into her campaign.
An interesting note in the AG race. Days before the official numbers
came out, Democratic Sen. Dan Gelber announced an impressive haul
of $330,000. Turns out that number was pumped up with about $100,000
worth of in-kind contributions. His actual cash haul was $218,000.
Other AG candidates: Sen. Dave Aronberg took in $259,000 to
use in the primary against Gelber. On the Republican side: Lt. Gov Jeff
Kottkamp raised $232k, Pam Bondi raised $222k and Holly
Benson raised $198k.
Senate President Jeff Atwater and Congressman Adam Putnam
both opened up wider leads in their races for CFO and Agriculture
Commissioner. Atwater took in $446,000 and has almost $2 million on
hand. His Democratic challenger, Loranne Ausley has $346,000 on hand.
Putnam had about $1.2 million on hand, while Democrat Scott Maddox has