Debbie Mucarsel-Powell credits ‘bipartisan’ support with $3.5M Q1

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She's up against a candidate who spent nearly $64M of his own money 6 years ago.

A Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate is crediting support from across the spectrum — galvanized by the issue of reproductive rights — for her fundraising in the first three months of the year.

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s bipartisan grassroots movement is building momentum across Florida,” said Kate Letzler Moore, Campaign Manager for Debbie for Florida.

“It’s clear that Floridians are determined to protect their freedoms and hold Rick Scott accountable for doubling down on his support for a near-total abortion ban with almost no exceptions for rape and incest. Debbie will continue to travel across the state, talking to voters across the political spectrum about the fight to protect our freedoms and opportunities from Rick Scott.”

The campaign’s narrative of being powered by small-dollar donors is supported with numbers in the Monday media release, including an “average donation of just $39 in Q1” from 90,000 total donations, including from all of Florida’s congressional districts, and “not a dime in self-funding.”

Mucarsel-Powell’s fundraising puts her in a stronger position than Primary opponent Stanley Campbell, whose campaign has been seeded with a million-dollar personal loan from the candidate, but who closed March with less than $772,000 cash on hand.

But as her Campaign Manager suggests, the real competition the Mucarsel-Powell camp worries about isn’t on the August ballot, but awaits in November.

Scott, the richest man in the Senate and a former Governor seeking a second term, has been a prodigiously self-funded candidate in his three successful statewide campaigns.

As Roll Call noted in 2018, Scott put $63.6 million into his successful race against former Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. He poured more than $75 million into his 2010 race for Governor, where he ran as an outsider candidate who toppled a Republican backed by many establishment elements of the party.

His Q1 fundraising is not available yet, but history teaches that money won’t be a problem for Scott in the General Election.

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


5 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    April 15, 2024 at 11:12 am

    Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is a bipartisan candidate and I’m a registered Democrat. She will get rolled if she is the nominee. 🤣

  • AL 305

    April 15, 2024 at 3:40 pm

    Mrs. powell is wasting her time and her donors money. She isnot winning and she knows it. Rick Scott isnt he greatest candidate but beats her by 5 to 7 points easily.Dems have to start getting better candidates to even have a shot and shes definitely not one of them.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 15, 2024 at 10:31 pm

      Is there something about Powell’s record in the House (or elsewhere) that justifies your comments when she is running against Rick Scott, who has yet to win an election by a convincing margin — unless you measure by the ill-gotten millions in campaign funds he made scamming US taxpayers?

    • rick whitaker

      April 16, 2024 at 12:09 pm

      AL305, do you support the crimes of rick scott? sounds like you aren’t too concerned with that fact. if you don’t support those crimes of scott, support powell. is that simple enough? if you have maga partisan views, then maybe scott being a crook is ok with you.

  • MH/Duuuval

    April 16, 2024 at 3:17 pm

    Scott cleared his name and rep by taking the 5th 75 times.

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