Florida's Money Man
It may have cooled a bit, but Bill Nelson's fund-raising this summer remains red hot.
The latest Federal Election Commission report, due Monday, shows the Democratic senator with $12.05-million on hand, more than any other senator up for reelection this year except for Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., who is expected to run for president. As of the last public reports, through June 30, she had $22-million.
According to Monday's FEC filing, Nelson raised $433,720 in the six weeks from June 30 to Aug. 15, bringing his total raised to a whopping $15.7-million.
(By contrast, his Republican colleague, Sen. Mel Martinez, raised a total of $12.8-million when he beat Betty Castor in 2004.)
Nelson's fund-raising pace these past six weeks, however, has not been what it was, and his cash-on-hand is essentially the same as it was six weeks ago: In the first quarter of the year, Nelson raised $2-million, followed by $2.5-million in the second quarter.
The Buzz will post the latest figures for Nelson's likely Republican opponent, Rep. Katherine Harris, if we get them. But in the past, Harris has been unwilling to share her reports before they become publicly available a few days after the reporting deadline.
For a deeper look at the Nelson campaign -- as well as what he's been quietly up to while Harris hogs the headlines -- see tomorrow's St. Petersburg Times.