In memo, Speaker Designate Steve Crisafulli chides GOP House incumbents for not raising enough money

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In an internal memorandum to incumbent members of the Florida House seeking re-election, Speaker Designate Steve Crisafulli takes his colleagues to task for failing to meet their individual fundraising goals, while the RPOF’s house campaigns arms is on a record pace in terms of fundraising. 

“… (W)e asked that each of you seeking reelection reach the minimum benchmark of having raised a total of at least $35,000 for your campaigns by September 30,” writes Crisafulli. “Unfortunately, almost half of our conference has raised less than that to date.”

Among those missing the $35K benchmark are Reps. Larry Ahern, Gayle Harrell, Travis Hutson, Larry Metz, Kathleen Peters, Ray Pilon, Keith Perry, Elizabeth Porter, and Jimmie Smith.

According to Crisafulli, the RPOF’s house campaigns arm is on a record fundraising tear, but that “individual Republican Member fundraising is actually declining on average as compared to this time in 2011, and Democratic Members are raising more money on average this year than they were at the same time in 2011.”

“This is a trend that must be broken,” Crisafulli writes.

The Speaker Designate then recognizes six incumbents for their”extraordinary” fundraising efforts: Reps. Dana Young, Matt Hudson, Mike Hill, Jose Diaz, Halsey Beshears, and Holly Raschein.

The memo closes by reminding members that the goal for each of them is to raise $50,000 by year end and that, after November 1, they can do so in contribution amounts of $1,000.

The full text of the memo is below:

Dear Members, 

Following up from our meeting in Orlando in August, we asked that each of you seeking reelection reach the minimum benchmark of having raised a total of at least $35,000 for your campaigns by September 30. Unfortunately, almost half of our conference has raised less than that to date. Attached, you will find a list of every Member and their fundraising totals thus far, so you can see where we stand as a caucus. 

RPOF House Campaigns is continuing to raise money at a record pace. However, I would like to stress that individual Republican Member fundraising is actually declining on average as compared to this time in 2011, and Democratic Members are raising more money on average this year than they were at the same time in 2011 – this is a trend that must be broken!   

Like you, I recognize fundraising is a commitment of time we would rather spend in other ways, but given the tough election year ahead, we MUST redouble our efforts so that everyone has the financial resources for victory. This is a battle to continue moving Florida in the right direction, and it is essential that we win! 

I would like to particularly recognize the following members for their extraordinary fundraising reelection efforts during this past quarter: 

Dana Young

Matt Hudson

Mike Hill

Jose Diaz

Halsey Beshears

Holly Raschein 

The goal we laid out for the end of this year is for everyone to have raised $50,000 total.  Hopefully, you will find it helpful that starting this Friday, November 1, you may raise $1,000 per contributor, instead of $500.  Also, please remember that, beginning October 1, House candidates will now file monthly reports instead of quarterly reports.  

I and your House Campaigns staff stand ready to assist you to reach your goals.  Let us know how we may be of assistance!

Sincerely,
Steve

 

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.