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$25-mill on hand by Jan? Rick Scott has to get to work



“I will have $25 million in the bank by the end of the year and will use it in early 2014 to define my opponent,” Gov. Rick Scott declared last week.

Translation: Even Charlie Crist won’t want to vote for himself by the time my campaign team is through with him.

Nobody doubts Scott will have a vast campaign account for his re-election, but $25 million on hand by 2014?

Unless he’s planning to dig into his own $84-million net worth (and that doesn’t include his wife’s money), the governor will have to spend A LOT of time and/or energy raising money over the next five months.

His Let’s Get to Work Committee had $13.2-million on hand as of July 31, and so far this year he’s hauled in average of $1.3-million a month (July was slow with a mere $563,000 raised). To get to $25-million in the bank, Scott will have to raise another $12-million by year’s end, requiring an average monthly haul of $2.4-million. That’s about $80,000 a day.

And that’s not even factoring in expenses.

So far this election cycle, Let’s Get to Work has spent more than $1.3-million, including nearly $930,000 for consultants ($475,000 to his fundraiser, Forward Strategies, and $202,000 for his pollster and top strategist, Fabrizio McLaughlin & Associates). Weirdly but generously, Let’s Get to Work also spent more than $112,000 on holiday ornaments sold by the foundation that supports the governor’s mansion.

[Last modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 4:53pm]


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