Charlie Crist’s campaign says it raised $2.3M in July

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That includes almost $1M in matching funds.

Democrat Charlie Crist brought in $2.3 million in fundraising for his gubernatorial race in July. That’s a record-breaking month for the campaign, though one that notably includes an infusion of matching dollars from the state.

The sitting U.S. Congressman announced his campaign had pulled in the record amount courtesy of 11,500 grassroots donors.

“I am honored and thankful for the incredible wave of support our campaign has received in our fight to build a better tomorrow for all Floridians,” Crist said in a statement.

“Floridians know what’s at stake in this election — women’s freedoms, LGBTQ+ freedoms, voting rights, the freedoms of Black and Hispanic Floridians — they’re all on the line in November. We are building the only movement capable of putting an end to Ron DeSantis’ reign of tyranny and bring responsible leadership back to Tallahassee.”

The state of Florida provided $964,646 to the campaign through a matching funds program. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Crist’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination, also will receive matching dollars, as will incumbent Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

A look at reported contributions to the political committee Friends of Charlie Crist shows more than $273,000 came into the PC through July 25. Crist’s official campaign through July 22 had already reported more than $1.34 million in contributions, including the matching funds. Remaining dollars came in the final week of July.

That shows growing momentum for the Republican Governor-turned-Democratic Congressman as he seeks to secure the Democratic nomination for Governor, and if he secures that as he seeks to unseat DeSantis in the fall.

Crist’s campaign pointed to a recent poll conducted for Florida Politics that shows him maintaining a dominating lead over Fried. He’s also picked up a round of major newspaper endorsements ahead of the Aug. 23 Democratic Primary election, with support from the Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel and Tampa Bay Times.

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].


  • Elliott Offen

    August 5, 2022 at 9:29 am

    Go Charlie go! The Trumpian hogs must be annihilated. Then and only then can we take out the white supremacist, anti-government militias in Florida…and the other so called religious right wing terrorists. Also the Cuban fascists need to be deported.

    • Todd

      August 6, 2022 at 12:41 pm

      If Christ wins, it’s a win for Florida.
      Than we get allow a few million illegals into Florida. Raise our tax dollars and allow children to take drugs to have gender changes.
      Christ for Florida.
      Yeah, Not!

      • Joe Corsin

        August 6, 2022 at 2:01 pm

        ^ Far right propaganda.. false information…fake news.

  • Impeach Biden

    August 5, 2022 at 10:41 am

    2.3 million wasted on flip flopper Crist. That money could have been better spent because DeSantis will be re-elected.

    • Joe Corsin

      August 5, 2022 at 12:11 pm

      With old conservative mummies dying like flies… Florida will one day be BLUE. Not just blue cities but as blue as the sky buddy. At that point, we will hunt down all the white supremacist terrorists who made life a living hell in Florida during Trump. They will pay for their abominable crimes against America. They will pay ..

      • Ocean Joe

        August 5, 2022 at 9:42 pm

        You won’t need to hunt them down, they hang out on the corner wherever there’s a CPAC or Turning Point convention.

        • Joe Corsin

          August 5, 2022 at 10:07 pm

          Vote BLUE to jail neo nazis
          Vote BLUE to jail anti-government terrorists
          Vote BLUE to Baker Act Christians as legally insane

  • David in Shoreline

    August 5, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    How much will the climate change emergency be affected by Crist’s money going up in flames? Cuz that will be the only impact that money will have.

  • Tom

    August 5, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Chameleon is $120 million behind Ron. !
    He had less than 100 days to catch up.
    Million plus a day.

    • Joe Corsin

      August 6, 2022 at 10:03 am

      At least you admit that politicians are being bought, therefore the rich control the nation. How do you think that will work out in the long run? I’ll tell you…we will all be grifted into slavery you idiot!!!!

  • Tom

    August 6, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Corsin You are the horses ass and idiot Elliot is your manure

    • Joe Corsin

      August 6, 2022 at 3:24 pm

      Neo nazi propaganda, right wing lies, conservative lies in the name of God, Q-Anon, anti-government terrorist propaganda, vanilla ISIS…this is all manure. You gonna burn in hell buddy!!!!🔥

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