Ron DeSantis controls $130M+ to Charlie Crist’s $1.6M as General Election season kicks off
Debate night is almost here.

With the Democratic Primary over, can the challenger catch up and remain competitive?

Democrat Charlie Crist secured the nomination for Governor, but spent most of his campaign cash getting there. As of Aug. 19, four days before the Aug. 23 Democratic Primary, his candidate account had under $1 million in cash-on-hand, and a campaign committee had less than that.

Meanwhile, Republican incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis, who faced no Primary challengers, held more than $10 million in the bank for his candidate account and controlled another nearly $120 million with a committee.

The Governor spent substantially leading into the August Primary despite not having his name on the ballot, plunking down more than $8 million in the month of August as he campaigned for endorsed School Board candidates. He slowed down expenses in the final week before the Primary, but only after sending a variety of mailers in counties around Florida.

But that level of expenditures barely cut into the resources he built up over the past two years as his national profile grew. As the last reporting period closed on Aug. 19, he held $10,096,909 in cash-on-hand in his candidate account alone.

As for Crist, he engaged in an expensive Democratic Primary with Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. That included spending more than $2.6 million just in August leading into the Primary from his candidate account. That account was left with $914,816 as of Aug. 19.

Reporting is available for a longer period for the campaign committees.

Friends of Charlie Crist, accepted $934,921 in contributions between Aug. 1 and Aug. 22. But in the same period of time, the committee spent $3,470,858 helping Crist to secure the nomination.

That left the committee as of the close of Primary season with $705,534.

It’s unclear whether national donors will flock to Crist’s campaign now that he has a chance to bring down DeSantis. But what’s absolutely apparent is that the sitting Governor has plenty of resources to defend himself from any attack.

Friends of Ron DeSantis collected $854,861 just in the week of Aug. 20 to 25. And while the committee spent more than $3.3 million over the same time, that still left the committee with 119,989,100 in cash.

That lets DeSantis walk into campaign season with control of $130,086,009. Crist has $1,620,350 to play with, by comparison.

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

    August 30, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Charlie Crist getting ready to start a “Go Fund Me” page. The Red Tsunami is coming. Better get off this board Charlie and start fundraising.

    • Charlie Crist

      August 30, 2022 at 1:50 pm

      Red Tsunami sounds like someone gave Fat Cammack an azz slap and tried to ride the wave. I suppose this is better than Fat Cammack face sit?🍩

  • Tom

    August 30, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Dems won’t anything good do with Florida.
    That’s what chameleon crisp deserves!
    Wait til the inferno turns on.
    Chameleon Flip flopper, soulless, speaks 3 ways out of mouth, weathervane with no class.
    Republicans will run barefoot on rocks to vote once and for all to defeat this 3 face liar, for ever.

    • Joe Corsen

      August 30, 2022 at 1:52 pm

      ^ Pure nonsense, gibberish, babbling and nincompoopery… barely legible.

  • Hope

    August 30, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    Democrat voter turnout will be abysmal with the choices they have put to the voters. Charlie thinks he is running for Prom King and didn’t put much thought into picking a running mate.

    DeSantis will win by a landslide as Democrats are defecting by the second to register as a Republican.

    • Charlie Crist

      August 30, 2022 at 5:06 pm

      ^ Buncha manure propaganda right there. Another phoney new age GQP tactic..claim victory even when you are taking a bung hole pounding 🍩Also it’s the Democratic Party..not democrat party. By God these people have de-evolved back into apes!!!😆

    • Hope

      August 30, 2022 at 5:42 pm

      What’s that, say again, I can’t hear you, don’t understand psychosis speak; maybe Nurse Ratchet can interpret your latest psychotic breakdown.

      You will feel better after the lobotomy and quite frankly so will we.

      • Charlie Crist

        August 30, 2022 at 10:45 pm

        ^ Needs Fat Cammack labotomy via head sit. Much cheaper than millionaire only healthcare system in America… courtesy of the GOP. Ultimate shills for the super rich. Suffice to say the poster above doesn’t vote in their own interests…

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