Rick Scott defends early NRSC spending as ‘the right thing’ for candidates

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'If you wait until the last month, there's too much static.'

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott says he did the “right thing” in front-loading committee spending for GOP Senate candidates.

During a Wednesday interview on the Fox News Channel, Scott rebutted a persistent narrative, fueled by a recent New York Times article, that the NRSC squandered money and donor goodwill, saying that the candidates needed the money sooner than later.

“We did the right thing. We spent early,” Scott said of spending a reported 95%+ of the $181.5 million raised through July by the NRSC.

“Here’s the problem with campaigns. If you wait until the last month, there’s too much static, there’s too much noise out there,” Scott said on The Story with Martha MacCallum”.

“What we did, as soon as our candidates got through their Primaries, we started helping them,” Scott related. “We put up ads with them to talk about what they believe in, and early on, we started defining the Democrats.”

Scott believes Republicans not only can maintain their current 50 seats, but could potentially pick up a half dozen Democratic seats as well.

“Ask these candidates that we’ve invested in if they think we should have invested early,” Scott contended. “Absolutely. They needed the money. They got through tough Primaries, some of them did. They needed the resources and we did it at the right time.”

Whether Scott’s comments addressed the central concerns of the New York Times article, and of committee donors, is another question, however.

“By the end of July, the committee had collected a record $181.5 million — but had already spent more than 95% of what it had brought in. The Republican group entered August with just $23.2 million on hand, less than half of what the Senate Democratic committee had ahead of the final intense phase of the midterm elections,” reported Shane Goldmacher.

“Now top Republicans are beginning to ask: Where did all the money go? The answer, chiefly, is that Scott’s enormous gamble on finding new online donors has been a costly financial flop in 2022, according to a New York Times analysis of federal records and interviews with people briefed on the committee’s finances. Today, the NRSC is raising less than before Mr. Scott’s digital splurge.”

Goldmacher focused in on $26 million in texting-related expenses, noting that donor requests for refunds had quadrupled.

NRSC Communications Director Chris Hartline defended the strategy in a statement after the Times ran its piece.

“It has been our plan all along to spend early on campaigns and to grow the NRSC’s house file, which is paying dividends now and will continue to in the future. We made the investment, we’re glad we did it, it will benefit the NRSC and the party as a whole for cycles to come, and disgruntled former staff and vendors will just have to deal with that,” Hartline wrote.

“Chairman Scott was sick of seeing the Democrats continue to beat us in digital fundraising and he has made it no secret that our goal is to build the biggest GOP digital file to help the party now and in the future.”

Will Scott’s optimistic vision prevail in the end? That’s the open question right now, but it’s clear the finger-pointing has already permeated usually friendly media outlets such as Fox News.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


10 comments

  • PeterH

    September 7, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    Let all Floridians remember several important features of Rick Scott’s fiscal technical leadership:
    1. Scott tirelessly worked on Florida’s very expensive Unemployment Insurance remittance program. It failed miserably during Covid.
    2. To develop the Senate fund raising paradigm…..Scott hired technical advisers from Trump’s double failed Truth Social Media.
    3. Scott’s $150 million dollar grifter scam pillaged confidential credit card and telephone data from REDSTATE.
    4. Rick …… show us how the money was spent!

    • Impeach Biden

      September 7, 2022 at 5:57 pm

      I’m guessing you are okay with all that money pouring into the state of Florida to oust Rubio. Most of it from out of state. Tens of millions to oust a person that makes just under 200k per year.

      • Mr. Haney

        September 8, 2022 at 6:43 am

        Like Scott, Rubio is useless as a Floridian and an American.

  • Paul Pizzarelli

    September 7, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Imagine where society could be if it weren’t busy spending so much on these crooked hogs and at church where they just blow smoke up people’s ass and on the military. And to top it all off nobody wants to pay taxes. Everyone votes to shovel money to the rich. What a wasteland…nation of shit bags.

  • marylou

    September 7, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    Republicans always come up with a bunch of stupid and grotesque ideas. But, for the party to hand over its checkbook to Robbing Rick who got rich off MEDICARE FRAUD!!! Hilarious!!!
    Vote out Republicans.

  • Ocean Joe

    September 7, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Why are people always asking Ricky where the money went?

  • I am what I am

    September 7, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Free loafing oh I mean front loading on someone’s dime for time.

  • Tom Palmer

    September 7, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    If I were Senator Medicare Fraud, I’d make the same argument.

  • Leonard

    September 8, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Scott is in WAY over his head…he is only doing this to advance his own ambition…which is the wrong reason. His election success is primarily based on his ability to buy his elections with his own money…this is another thing altogether. Everyone knows voters don’t pay attention to the General Election until AFTER Labor Day…consequently most of the early spending was an utter waste of money. Candidates need the money to close strong….now they don’t have it.

  • Peter Belmonte

    September 8, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Ricky 🤡should just take money from the medicaid FRAUD money & use some of that.. No bigger douchebag ! Mr Scum F🖕ck wants everyone to pay taxes regardless if you make (poverty)$12,000 yr on up and wants to put Social Security up for vote every 1-5yrs on eligibility cause you know they make to much to get all that free money,

    There is a bigger piece of 💩shit than Scott and it’s the worst Authoritarian I’ve seen to date worse than Former piece of 💩 TRUMP 🤡!

    GOV SCUMBAG D E S A N T I S 🖕
    this piece of hatful trash has done NOTHING for FLORIDIANS !

    This PIECE OF SCUMSHIT runs around touting executive orders he’s passed THAT LITERALLY ARE NOTHING OF ANY REAL VALUE SUBSTANCE OR HELP FOR FLORIDIANS
    there just PROPAGANDIST in action as he runs around spewing his free Florida Christian agenda!!!

    When it comes down to GOVERNANCE he can’t do the real job of it.?
    He’s all over the country whoring for money for campaign 2024 instead of sitting in his office and helping Floridians like me and my $5,000 homeowners insurance or the food prices or the property taxes and utilities all gone up but paychecks haven’t!

    Those bullshit Executive orders are nothing meaningful and have ZERO TO DO WITH HELPING FLORIDIANS!
    that’s why he’s never around cuz he can’t GOVERN he only knows to insult, pass Christian agendas and whore!

    MOST OF THE SURPLUS I SEE EVERYONE BRAGGING ABOUT * ITS FROM 💸FEDERAL RELIEF MONEY💵💰 that he didn’t spend on FLORIDIANS suffering.
    He kicked everyone off unemployment 3months early – slashed or didn’t apply for food stamp for the lines of starving people and rent programs took months to even start the process then months to get any money!

    He’s gone after BUISNESS that express their opinion as afforded in the 1st amendment but he takes funding away or governing status & makes THEM PAY!
    I don’t know how that don’t fall under corruption?

    He only holds press conference with Fox opinion host & Republicans.

    He bullies and yells at kids to take masks off possibly endangering them , what a fucking Douchebag asshole.
    BET HE DIDNT TELL HIS WIFE TO TAKE HERS OFF WITH CANCER?

    He sets up a police Force for voting fraud with TAXPAYER money.
    I’m pretty sure he said we had a flawless and smooth elections and that the country should use Florida’s Model in all the other States .
    . Then said the other day that he’s not gonna turn a blind eye to election fraud Any longer and it stops today & Now we all of a sudden need a police Force , WTF !

    He’s Arrested innocent Floridians that were told the can vote they applied & got registration card and voted only to get arrested cause they in reality couldn’t vote but the state was supposed to let them know they couldn’t (set up).

    He’s Suspended VOTER ELECTED 🗳️ democratic opponent’s from State Attorney to school board’s and REPLACED them with REPUBLICANS & now He’s focusing on election officials..
    I smell “Fraud” coming?

    Homeless Floridians are being kicked out of parks, bushes or other place or their taken to jail because of laws being passed criminalizing homelessness and they give fines upwards of$500

    They can’t afford rent because TRUMPS BITCH BOY DESANTIS IS ALWAYS ON HIS KNEES TO CHEETO 🤡 MANS ZIPPER or PASSED AROUND AS WHORE TO DONORS FOR MONEY instead of increasing housing projects or using the BILLIONS from pandemic relief

    He’s against $10,000 student forgiveness and Republicans are so mad at the nerve helping students with $10k that it sent them over the edge
    but EVERYONE IS OK WITH THE PPP LOANS TRUMP & FAMILY, CORPORATIONS, POLITICIAN’S, LAW ENFORCEMENT, HEDGE FUNDS, AIRLINES ect.. that ranged in the MILLIONS PER COMPANY got that loan forgiveness & top it off they didn’t pay taxes and got to take the FREE MONEY AS A DEDUCTION ON THE TAXES!

    are you F🖕CKN KIDDING ME!

    But let’s not let them students get away with free loading ? IM CONFUSED ON THE MISPLACED 🤬 ANGER?

    Please explain student loan forgiveness is a line to far to cross?

    He’s forced to do special session on homeowners insurance and then they only passed legislation reducing roof amount claims and money to bail them out

    “NOTHING REFERENCE TO HIGH PREMIUMS & CANCELED POLICIES” I Pay $5,000 WTF ASSHOLE!

    He’s done special meant for INSURANCE CRISIS instead it becomes a VENDETTA SESSION to end Disney’s special status to govern itself when it was supposed to be special session for Homeowner insurance prices “Vendetta more important” I guess!

    He passed gas tax relief but not til October cause of course we couldn’t have needed it in May – September months? Now gas is down asshole!

    He’s gone after Floridians right to protest with his “run them over if their in your way” law.

    He’s ban any medical treatment sought for gay transgender kids

    He’s passed “CHRISTIAN PARENTAL RIGHTS” and Fuck everyone else law.

    He’s Hyper politicized medical issues from shots to masks and we lost a lot of Republicans to the COVID-19. who chooses to lose your voters over a 💉 shot!

    If there is a GOD he will end up getting into a bad accident and in pain for a long time and either can’t move or open his bitch mouth or Dies “Hopefully With TRUMP🤡” might as well get a 2fer so we don’t have to deal with THIS EXTREME Mini and Maxi DOUCHEBAGs!

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