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The Money Race: Scott gets more RGA cash, reliable Democrats back Crist

Tia Mitchell, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Monday, October 6, 2014 6:36pm

The election is one month away, and both Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, who wants his old mansion back, continue to lean heavily on their political committees' ability to raise unlimited dollars.

Scott's "Let's Get to Work" committee raised $2.6 million during the campaign finance reporting period covering Sept. 20 through Sept. 26, the bulk of that being a $2.5 million check from the Republican Governors Association. In total, the group has given Scott $13.5 million.

Scott's campaign account received another $400,000 in donations for a total haul of just under $3 million for the week. Most of that money was immediately passed along to the Republican Party of Florida ($2.5 million) which continues to campaign heavily on Scott's behalf.

Scott spent another $471,000 on direct mailings and nearly $50,000 was paid to the firm where longtime pollster Tony Fabrizio is a partner. Fabrizio's firms have received $376,900 from Scott during his re-election campaign.

Charlie Crist's political committee raised just shy of $1 million during the reporting week, including four separate $100,000 checks. One was from the union representing electrical workers but the other three were from individuals: Rosalie Danbury of Venice (bringing her total Crist support to $400,000), Sally Pajcic of Jacksonville (her family has now donated $343,000 to Crist) and Gladys Cofrin of Newberry, stepping it up after writing a $1,000 check just a month ago.

Crist's campaign shuttled $3.2 million to the Florida Democratic Party and also paid $13,234 to the social media site Twitter during the week, bringing its total Twitter bill to $45,000. That money likely pays for pro-Crist posts to show up in the feeds of users on the site.

Although Scott's fundraising has outpace Crist's throughout the campaign, they are far closer when it comes to cash on hand.

Between his campaign account and political committee, Scott has raised a total of $49.2 million in cash for his re-election. But he has spent $39.3 million, leaving him with a balance just under $10 million.

Crist has raised $29.8 million in cash and has spent $21.8 million. That means he has just a tad over $8 million to spend.

Previous "The Money Race" reports:

Covering Sept. 13-19

Covering Sept. 6 - 12

Covering Aug. 30 - Sept. 5

Covering Aug. 23 - 29