Gov. Rick Scott and the state Republican Party say they have raised a massive $17.1 million in the first quarter of 2014.
The breakdown: $10.3 million for the Republican Party of Florida; $2.7 million for Rick Scott for Florida, Scott’s official re-election campaign; and $4.1 million for Let’s Get To Work, his independent political committee.
Actual campaign reports detailing the precise amounts aren’t due until next week and haven’t been filed yet.
The biggest chunk of that money, the party’s $10.3 million, won’t all be used just for Scott’s re-election.
It includes some money raised by Scott, but also money raised by dozens of other Republican officeholders and party activists.
Nonetheless, the total seems intimidating.
By contrast, the state GOP raised $7.6 million, and the state Democratic Party $2.7 million, in the first quarter of 2010, the last mid-term election year.
Kevin Cate, spokesman for the campaign of Scott’s likely Democratic opponent, former Gov. Charlie Crist, commented, “Rick Scott has aways had and always will have more money than a campaign focussed on people,”