Nikki Fried adds $313K to gubernatorial run, marking second lowest monthly total of the cycle

Nikki Fried
Her campaign fundraising has not re-energized momentum since the autumn.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried raised $312,000 toward her Democratic gubernatorial run in January, finding no new momentum after her fundraising efforts began slowing in late autumn.

Fried’s official election campaign reported accepting $171,502 in January. Her independent political committee, Florida Consumers First, picked up another $141,854 during the month. That’s according to the latest campaign finance reports posted by the Florida Division of Elections.

Her combined January haul of $313,356 was the second lowest total since she officially opened her campaign fund in June. In fact, Fried’s three driest months of contributions during her eight-month campaign have been the past three: November, December and January.

The latest month of contributions and expenditures provided her a combined cash-on-hand balance of about $3.6 million — just over $2.6 million in her political committee and $955,000 in her campaign fund — at the start of February.

That compares with $4.2 million for Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist as of Feb. 1. The third prominent Democrat in the August Democratic Primary Election, state Sen. Annette Taddeo, had about $705,000 to work with on Feb. 1.

None of them compares well with the man they want to challenge in the November General Election, Gov. Ron DeSantis, a presumed 2024 presidential contender who has been fundraising across the country early and often. In January, DeSantis raised $7.7 million. He came into February with $77.8 million cash in hand for his gubernatorial re-election bid this year.

It is nothing new for Fried to trail Crist in campaign fundraising or for her to stay well ahead of Taddeo. It has been that way from the start. In January, Fried dismissed fundraising metrics as the best measure of her campaign’s progress, saying she sees a different dynamic developing in grassroots support. She said, “We certainly are meeting all of our goals every single month.”

Yet those goals have been running about half of what Crist has been hauling in recent months. Every month, the St. Petersburg Congressman — a former Governor back when he was still a Republican — increases his financial advantage. In January, he raised $435,921 for his campaign fund and $277,765 for his political committee, for a total of $713,686 in fresh contributions.

In January, Fried’s campaign picked up 3,948 donations, including 43 four-figure checks.

Her political committee in January accepted a $25,000 check from the Embrace Equality committee of West Palm Beach; $25,000 in four checks from June Piscitelli of Fort Lauderdale; $10,000 from South Florida developer Torry Watson of Fort Lauderdale; and $10,000 from the Good Government committee of Miami.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


  • Rob

    February 10, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Nikki Fried embodies everything that is wrong with Florida’s Democratic Party. She’s a de facto place-holder for Republicans. No track record, no gravitas, no credibility. Nothing but a squirt of name recognition. A wholly-cloned invention of consultants.

  • Impeach Biden

    February 10, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    I’ve been calling out that mean spirited phony for a long time. She is done. Throw in the towel Nikki and enroll in some humility classes. Pick up the phone and apologize to one of the most respected Governor’s in our country now. Your non stop attacks did not work. Now just go away and take off those gas pump stickers with your name on them.

  • Tom

    February 10, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    The Fraud is finished.
    Just a horrible candidate. No chance, her own party doesn’t believe in her. How do you like the Hitler accusation now. Just a awful candidate and terrible office holder. Figment of the liberal media’s attention, cause they dislike America’s Gov. Aren’t you Dums embarrassed.
    So bad.

  • F. Williams

    February 12, 2022 at 10:54 am

    Commissioner Fried unlawfully maintains a Florida concealed carry license despite being a publicly admitted user of medical marijuana. The law (FSS790.06(10)(a) and 790.06(2)( n )) stipulates that her license should be suspended or revoked due to her Ineligibility to purchase a firearm. Pursuant to federal law (18 USC 922 (g)(3)), Commissioner Fried is a “prohibited person” and may not lawfully obtain or possess firearms or ammunition.
    Commission Fried’s inaction concerning her own license is a deliberate failure to faithfully execute her office. One which she derives direct personal and political benefit from.

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