Crist’s political committee raises nearly $1 million in March

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Before there is any crowing by Charlie Crist’s camp about how much more money its political committee raised in March compared to Rick Scott’s, keep in mind that “Let’s Get To Work,” the political committee backing Scott’s re-elect, transferred in over $27 million to start the month. 

It’s also important to keep in mind that Scott’s operation has made it a point the last two months to tout how much money it has raised for the Republican Party of Florida. When you count Scott’s campaign, LGTW, and the RPOF, the Republicans say they’ve raised more than $17 million since the beginning of the year.

That said, Charlie Crist for Florida, the political committee backing Crist had an excellent March, raising $942,870, according to reports posted on its website.

Among the donations are another $200,000 check from Texas legal powerhouse Steve Mostyn, a $100,000 contribution from the Yerrid Law Firm, and, as a show of strength from Obamaword, a $10,000 donation from The Messina Group, the political firm headed by President Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina. 

Equity fund manager Bruce Berkowitz dropped another $50K on Crist, as did Floridians for Fairness, the political committee headed by longtime Crist confidante Jay Burmer. Two other law firms also contributed $50,000 to Crist’s committee.

Meanwhile, fundraising for Let’s Get To Work slowed in March, notes the Associated Press’ Gary Fineout. So far, LGTW has pulled in just $359K, including a $100,000 check from U.S. Sugar.  The committee still has to show what it reported during the final days of March. 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.