Fundraising chugs along in July for Charlie Crist

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Official reports are due after the month's end.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist has raised roughly $61,000 thus far in the month of July.

According to finance records, the Friends of Charlie Crist campaign has collected fewer than 10 donations since the latest reporting period at the end of June.

A Sarasota resident provided the largest donation to Crist, gifting the former Governor of Florida a $20,000 shot-in-the-arm.

Crist, a St. Petersburg Democrat, serves in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served previously as the Republican Governor of Florida from 2006 to 2010.

Before challenging Gov. Ron DeSantis, Christ must stave off Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.

Crist holds more than $2 million on hand, according to the latest report. Comparatively, Fried holds roughly $2.31 million.

DeSantis, however, is a more looming problem for either candidate.

Friends of Ron DeSantis, the committee backing the Governor’s reelection, raised $5.6 million in June alone.

What’s more, DeSantis has yet to file for reelection or otherwise launch his campaign.

Among other strategies, Crist has turned to social media to fill his political war chest with small-dollar donations.

“I’m running for Governor to unseat Governor Ron DeSantis and build a Florida for all Floridians,” says a message sent directly to Twitter users from Crist’s account.

“But we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us — the Republican party will stop at nothing to keep this Governorship in Republican hands. I’m ready to stop Governor Ron DeSantis, but I need you with me. Will you make a $5 donation tonight to my Democratic campaign for Florida Governor?”

Notably, this will mark Crist’s third run for Governor.

He ran an unsuccessful Democratic campaign in 2014 against now-Sen. Rick Scott.

Christ introduced high-profile legislation this week to remove Brittney Spears from a controversial conservatorship that gained widespread media attention in recent months. The move could bring in more cash for his campaign as the month winds down.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the Florida State Capitol. After a go with the U.S. Army, the Orlando-native attended the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. He'd love to hear from you. You can reach Jason by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


2 comments

  • Matthew Lusk

    July 23, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Crist is the epitome of that phrase “sleazy opportunist.”

  • Jonathan Anderson

    July 25, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Charlie has one Hail Mary, come out man and come out now before you end up like Gillum getting railed in Miami. The Dems will get to tout they are supporting an openly gay candidate for governor.

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