Charlie Crist raised another $1.2M in June

Charlie Crist
That makes the campaign one of the best-funded Democratic challenges to a GOP Governor nationwide.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist raised another seven figures in June for his gubernatorial bid, making it the fourth month in a row Crist cracked the million-dollar mark.

The St. Petersburg Democrat announced he pulled in $1.2 million in donations last month. Crist has tallied over $11.5 million in reported donations to date.

Crist characterized the monthly haul as being driven by voters’ support for defeating Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in November.

“Freedom is under attack in Florida, and Floridians are sick of the chaos and bullying coming from the current Governor,” Crist said. “That’s why our campaign has remained laser-focused on defeating DeSantis and putting an end to his divisive politics and culture wars. We are on a mission — and our grassroots movement is without question Democrats’ best opportunity to win in November.”

That messaging looks past a Democratic Primary with Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who in May raised $300,000 for her campaign. Fried has recently touted an internal poll showing her tied in the Democratic Primary with Crist, though most polling shows him ahead.

His campaign also noted the heavy money haul is fueled with plenty of individual donors. Crist now lists 55,000 grassroots donors.

The former Republican Governor-turned-Democratic Congressman also has seen greater support in digital fundraising. Crist brought in nearly $45,000 in a single day from first-time donors in June, a record for the seven-time statewide candidate.

While Crist has consistently outraised Fried, he still lags DeSantis, who has been consistently posting $10 million a month in fundraising totals.

But Crist’s campaign notes he now ranks as the third-best fundraiser in the country among Democratic challengers.

Crist just opened a regional office in Miami Springs within the United Teachers of Dade headquarters. That makes him the first candidate for Governor in 2022 to open a regional office anywhere in the state.

He’s also accumulated key endorsements from labor and education groups, and from individuals including former Democratic opponent Annette Taddeo.

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]


9 comments

  • Joe Corsin

    July 11, 2022 at 8:31 am

    In Iraq, DeSantis raped a dead cat… collaborated with ISIS against coalition forces. Now Florida is a right wing police state and low wage slave state. Vote Crist for governor.

    • Tom

      July 11, 2022 at 8:46 am

      Bastard liar!

      • Joe Corsin

        July 11, 2022 at 9:17 am

        Tis true… Florida is now a far right police state backed by anti federal government terrorists. Florida workers are grifted to a husk by the likes of Rick Scott. Workers who complain about abuse and low pay can expect to be shot in the back of the head and robbed. Vote Crist for governor..

  • Tom

    July 11, 2022 at 8:45 am

    Chameleon, hypocrite loser!
    Double talking, fake loser.
    Perennial candidate, worth $2 million as a lifetime public office holder. How is that?

    Biden’s at 29% approval in Florida.
    Chameleon or Fraud no chance!
    He’s about $100 million behind America’s Gov!
    Who has bout $300,000 in earnings, period. Dad, family of 5. Just a real guy!

    • Joe Corsin

      July 11, 2022 at 9:21 am

      “America’s governor” stood with Donald Trump…the biggest crook and psycho to ever hold office in this country. Vote Crist for governor….

  • Joe Corsin

    July 11, 2022 at 9:22 am

    “America’s governor” stood with Donald Trump…the biggest crook and psycho to ever hold office in this country. Vote Crist for governor….

  • Tom

    July 11, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Demented and un stable, no way to go through life. Get help! Everything you says is a lie.
    Pathetic.

  • Jerry

    July 11, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Republicans now outnumber Democrats in Florida by 200,000 voters, and that lead continues to grow. FL Republicans have beaten FL Democrats in new voter registrations for 23 consecutive months. Democrats in this state don’t even know how to stop the bleeding. Their response to everything is to just double-down and go even further to the left. Now a new poll shows Joe Biden’s approval rating in Florida is in the 20s now. His approval rating even among independents in Florida is 31%.

    Crist is toast.

  • UK6S

    July 11, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Crist will surprise a lot of people with how tough of a race he gives DeSantis. Crist will make it at least as close as Gillum did, and I actually think Crist pulls off an outright victory.
    Suburban women and minorities will both turn against Desantis in a big way.

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