Nikki Fried pulls in $330K in fundraising amid ‘campaign reset’
Nikki Fried.

More than $254K came in the last two weeks of the month.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried announced raising a quarter million in the last two weeks of February. She announced the haul in the context of a major campaign “reset.”

The Democrat announced she collected $254,175 in the back half of February. That’s the bulk of the $330,116 donated in February to both her individual campaign account and her political committee. She wrapped the month with $3.5 million in cash on hand.

“We aren’t messing around — we’re going to win this thing and we know people want to see strong fundraising numbers” said Matthew Van Name, senior adviser and strategic manager to Fried.

The money rolled in as Fried announced significant shake-ups to her campaign. Campaign Manager Farah Melendez parted with Fried mid-month as part of a campaign reorganization. Van Name moved into the campaign orbit after serving throughout Fried’s first term as Agriculture Commissioner as her chief of staff.

Now holding a political title, Van Name expounded on the direction of the campaign.

“So, if you look, we have all the right grassroots numbers, including 90% of our campaign contributions in-state and almost 4,000 contributions under $100,” he said.

The campaign on the last day of February set a record for 1,205 donations in a single day.

“This doesn’t just translate into paid media and staff — it’s votes, it’s volunteers, and our pathway to victory in the August Primary and the November General,” Van Name said. “We know if the grassroots are coming through for us, the bigger donors will take notice and re-engage in Florida.”

The campaign for months has trailed Charlie Crist, a Democratic Congressman and former Republican Governor, in fundraising. She also faces state Sen. Annette Taddeo in the Primary, who ran as Crist’s running mate during his 2014 run for Governor.

All the Democratic fundraising is dwarfed at the moment by incumbent Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Impeach Biden

    March 10, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Chump change. Nikki is toast. Throw in the towel. Your constant attacks on DeSantis didn’t work. Looking forward to your name being removed from every gas pump in Florida. Bye!

  • It's Complicated

    March 11, 2022 at 10:42 am

    The latest UNF poll shows Crist at 55% – leading Fried by 23 points in a three-way Democratic Party primary in the race for Governor. Hard to imagine that the stoner vote is going to make up that margin for Fried in the Democratic Primary.

    PLUS, the same poll shows Crist at 2.5 points more competitive against DeSantis than Fried. With her ethics baggage in tow, the GOP is rooting for Fried.

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    March 11, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Put a fork into her. She’s done.

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