Bill Nelson's campaign warchest now at $11 million

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson had one of the biggest fundraising periods of the campaign, pulling in $1.8 million in the quarter just ended June 30.

The Florida Democrat also reported nearly $11 million cash on hand. Despite a substantially bigger war chest than Rep. Connie Mack IV or any other potential GOP rival, Nelson is under attack by a handful of billionaires ehind so‐called Super PACS that are spending millions on TV ads against him.

Karl Rove’s American Crossroads said Wednesday, for instance, it has reserved $6.2 million in Florida air time to attack Nelson, on top of the $7.4 million already spent by outsider groups including Rove and others such as the Koch brothers and undisclosed donors to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Connie Mack IV is a seriously flawed candidate,” said Marley Wilkes, Nelson’s deputy campaign manager. “But Bill Nelson isn’t being challenged by Connie Mack IV. He’s under attack by a handful of billionaires operating in secret. And they don’t care about Florida. For them it’s all about protecting their own self‐interest in Washington.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.