Nan Rich gets big boost with matching funds

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Struggling for support, at least when compared to likely Democratic nominee Charlie Crist, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich received state matching funds of $189,151 between July 26 and Aug. 1, according to the most-recent campaign finance reports. Matching funds made up nearly all of the $198,835 in contributions received by Rich in the weeklong reporting period.

Rich now has brought in $626,672 total as of Aug. 1, and spent $341,726.

“Citizens for a Progressive Florida,” the committee supporting Rich’s campaign, has raised $140,315 as of Aug. 1.

In contrast, Crist’s campaign has amassed nearly $4.9 million, and his associated committee is at $13.1 million.

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.