Email Insights: Charlie Crist touts 30K grassroots contributions

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Grassroots is one of those buzzwords thrown around every political season — often so much that it risks losing all meaning.

But in the latest email from the Charlie Crist for Governor Campaign, some new fundraising numbers show the word “grassroots” in its proper context.

As of June 30th, Crist received more than 30,000 contributions under $100 – which makeup 85 percent of all donations to the campaign.

In comparison, the email notes that Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott is “funded by special interests and Tallahassee insiders.”

While raising more than $2.3 million, both Crist’s campaign account and associated committee brought in more than $14.4 million total.

With numbers like those, the Crist campaign proves one thing — it is undoubtedly worthy of the grassroots banner.

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.