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Charlie Crist’s fundraising efforts in perspective

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From the SP Times: We’re not sure Floridians’ hearts will necessarily swell with pride, but our governor is on his way to becoming one of the top campaign money raisers ever. In a lousy economy, Gov. Charlie Crist hauled in $4.3 million for his Republican Senate campaign.

For perspective, consider that the average amount raised by Senate candidates through the entire 2008 election cycle was $2.4 million. Or that the old record for a Senate fundraising quarter was $1.7 million by Mel Martinez in 2004. Or that the top fundraising quarter for Jeb Bush was $2.7 million, when he was a popular sitting governor with a brother in the White House.

Crist raised $86,000 a day on average, nearly enough to cover the average salaries of two Florida teachers. That’s $3,583 every hour — six times the per-capita stimulus spending in Florida.

Just think what Crist could do for Florida’s budget shortfall next year if he hit the fundraising circuit again for general revenue.

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.

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