Charlie Crist raises another $1M in first 11 days of August

He's continuing to build fundraising momentum before Aug. 23.

Democrat Charlie Crist raised another $1 million for his campaign for Governor in the first 11 days of August. That’s on the heels of raising $2.3 million in July and fuels his momentum heading toward the Aug. 23 Democratic Primary contest.

“I could not be more grateful for the outpouring of support our campaign has received as we close out this primary and focus on the fight ahead against Ron DeSantis,” Crist said.

“Floridians are ready for a leader in Tallahassee who will put their needs above the corporate special interests. Our campaign is mounting the biggest, strongest movement to make DeSantis a one-term governor, bringing the sunshine back to the Sunshine State.”

Crist faces Democrat Nikki Fried in the Primary. Crist’s statement on his fundraising notably turned its focus on Gov. DeSantis, the Republican incumbent, signaling confidence in the Primary outcome and a desire to focus attention now on winning the General Election.

He just launched a bus tour across the state and has picked up some critical endorsements, including from Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

His campaign also pointed to a poll from Progress Florida and Florida Watch that shows Crist performing better against DeSantis.

The seven-figure boost comes as Fried’s fundraising momentum has dulled. She raised half of Crist’s haul in July.

But fundraising on the Democrat side remains far less than what DeSantis has amassed as he builds a national profile for a presumed 2024 presidential run. DeSantis raised $1.2 million between July 30 and Aug. 5. He does not face any Republican Primary opposition in August and instead is focusing on supporting School Board candidates across the state and looking toward electing a Republican supermajority in the Legislature.

But polling increasingly shows elections in Florida could be tighter than anticipated in what looked to be a good Midterm cycle for Republicans.

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].


  • Joe Corsin

    August 15, 2022 at 10:54 am

    We need Charlie…to rid Florida of the white supremacist, anti government terrorists, the Christian fascist grifters, the fake patriots, and the Trump dumb-dumbs. Vote Charlie…

    • Impeach Biden

      August 15, 2022 at 12:46 pm

      Speaking of dumb dumbs, why would anyone give Charlie Crist any money. The guy is riderless. One day he is a Republican, the next day a Democrat. DeSantis will defeat the switch hitter anyway.

    • E Archer

      August 25, 2022 at 4:03 pm

      Glad to see someone in Florida sees the truth Joe! I live in a different state but watch FL politics like everyone else. Good to see a sane person like you on a comment board. I hope your silent majority speak out loud and proud!

  • E Archer

    August 25, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Because he stands on the right side, and sometimes you have to cut ties. Is the Republican Party or the Dem party a gang? That you have to stay in no matter what? De Santis is on the wrong side ethically and morally. I respect people like Crist that think independently, and do not go with the status quo when the status quo is wrong. It shows he has a back bone.

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