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Nelson, Mack both tout $2 million-plus fundraising marks heading to homestretch

by John Kennedy | October 10th, 2012

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican rival Connie Mack IV both topped the $2 million mark in fund-raising in the last full quarter before the Nov. 6 election, with both contenders saying Wednesday that they are in good shape for the campaign’s homestretch.

Mack said he raised $2.7 million while Nelson collected $2.3 million from July 1-Sept. 30. Mack has been a big beneficiary of third-party spending and said he and committees supporting him will spend as much as $30 million on the race.

Nelson said Wednesday that he has $6.5 million in the bank, more than double Mack’s cash-on-hand.

“When all the fundraising and polling are done, the voters of Florida will make a choice,” said Ryan Brown, a Nelson campaign spokesman.  “And in this election they have a clear choice: a common-sense senator who has a record of honesty and integrity versus a congressman beholding to special interests.”

Nelson has been helped by Democratic-allied spending groups, although at a level far less than Mack.

Still close to half of the TV spots aired in the race last month between Mack and Nelson were paid for by independent political committees, an analysis last week by the Wesleyan Media Project shows.

Mack has drawn the most outside help, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Freedom PAC and the Karl Rove-founded American Crossroads committee airing millions of dollars of ads backing him. Mack, a four-term congressman from Fort Myers, is running his first statewide race — while Nelson is a former legislator, U.S. House member, Cabinet officer and candidate for governor.

Mack’s third-quarter fund-raising, though, was his best of the campaign.

“We could not be in a better position for the final stretch of this race,” said Jeff Cohen, Mack’s campaign manager.

“Our outstanding fundraising results reflect the fact that this race is far closer than the media and their public polls indicate,” he added. “Our own internal polling continues to show this race is a dead heat, and Floridians are now just weeks away from retiring Bill Nelson and his lockstep liberal agenda.”

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, is scheduled to appear Thursday at a Mack fund-raiser in Sarasota.

Polls show Mack trailing Nelson by an average 5.6 percent. But there’s been no survey of Florida voters since Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney’s recent surge in the polls — a move that may also be helping the chances of many GOP contenders, including Mack.

Romney’s once tattered coattails don’t look so bad at the moment.

“If Mitt Romney wins, I win. If I win, Mitt Romney wins,” Mack has said. “So we are certainly going to be tied together.”

While Romney’s recent debate performance helped boost his prospects against President Obama, Mack has his own chance to shine under the TV lights. Mack and Nelson are scheduled to meet next Wednesday for their only statewide television debate at Davie’s Nova Southeastern University.

In its report last week, Wesleyan found that from Sept. 9-30, $4.5 million was spent on TV spots in the Mack-Nelson race. Outside groups financed 48 percent of the ads, the fourth-highest percentage in 15 Senate races reviewed nationwide by the school.

Mack’s biggest backers include organizations founded by Rove, President George W. Bush’s former strategist; Freedom PAC, a committee financed heavily by Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson; and the Chamber.

Nelson has been helped by more modest ad buys from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic-allied American Bridge PAC, Majority PAC, and Saving Florida’s Future PAC.

Also in Mack’s corner is Americans For Prosperity, the grassroots organization founded by the billionaire Koch brothers. AFP, which claims 109,000 activists in Florida, aired $1 million in TV advertising this summer for Mack.

The brothers, who run Koch Industries, an oil services company, back a host of conservative causes. AFP has run TV ads against President Obama and are providing phone banks and get-out-the-vote efforts this fall nationwide.

 

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5 Responses to “Nelson, Mack both tout $2 million-plus fundraising marks heading to homestretch”

  1. Koch Owns Mack Says:

    Does ANY Republican actually think that the 3 Koch Brothers (David, Charles and Bill) give a damn about you and your “prosperity”?

    They are collectively worth more than $50 BILLION.

    3 people.

    More than $50 BILLION!

    Why on Earth would someone who is worth $25 BILLION care about anyone but themselves and (maybe) their family?

    Bill Koch, who lives right here iin Palm Beah, is on his third wife after 2 divorces.

    “The couple separated in July after police were called to the couple’s estate in Cape Cod, Mass. Koch was charged with domestic violence after his wife claimed he punched her in the stomach.”

    Does anyone on Planet Earth think that Bill Koch supports tax cuts for the highest income bracket because he thinks it will help the economy?

    Does anyone REALLY believe that? Hahaha!

    This is a man who literally PUNCHED HIS WIFE in the stomach.

    What on Earth possesses Republicans to follow these gutless greedy multi-billionaire maggots?

    Because it sure as hell ain’t “Family Values”!!!

    Seriously.

    Can any Republican answer my questions? I’d really like to know what you think about the Kochs and if you truly believe that these billionaires support tax cuts for themselves so that it will (somehow) trickle down and benefit you.

    Does anyone truly believe that???

  2. NO results after 40 yrs! Says:

    FORTY YEARS!

    40 years in political office in FLORIDA and does even 1 (one) thing come to mind that Bill Nelson has done for FLorida?

    40 years-and nothing comes to mind!

    Don’t even get me started on the loss of over 26,000 space coast jobs in FLorida.

    Other senators in California, Virginia and Texas are trying to snag space industry for their state, but Nelson….he is doing NOTHING for our state.

    We really can’t afford 6 more years of Nelson’s Do Nuthin’ for FL.

    That would be a total of 46 years! with no EVIDENCE of anything FOR FLorida and FLoridians.

    NO RESULTS after 40 years = Bill Nelson

    Don’t come parading yourself to our are when nothing has been done for FL!

  3. Diversions due to lack of substance Says:

    The subject is Senator Bill Nelson, not some diversion to Koch, because you can’t defend the lack of substance and leadership from Nelson.

  4. Obamastrictions Says:

    ” an ECONOMY hampered by RESTRICTIVE TAX RATES will NEVER produce enough JOBS or enough PROFITS”

    PRESIDENT JOHN F KENNEDY

  5. Alexander George Says:

    THE GEORGE REPORT
    http://www.thealexgeorgereport.blogspot.com

    SENATOR BILL NELSON LOVES to SPEND YOUR MONEY!

    Many politicians in Washington D.C. are clinging to President Obama’s coattails. Most of these “public servants” are in the middle of tough re-election races. They are terrified of being plucked out of their comfortable cocoon. Florida’s Senior Senator, The Honorable Bill Nelson, is one of the lapdogs.

    The ultra-liberal Nelson is seeking a third (6) year term. If you listen to some of his campaign speeches, you’d think Senator Nelson is a fiscal conservative. No question, he’s an excellent orator. He also has trouble telling the truth.

    The facts prove that Senator Nelson has voted for almost every far left measure that’s come before the United States Senate. From Obamacare to the $800 billion “stimulus” bill, Nelson has voted over and over for government waste. He even supported the multi-billion dollar “Cash for Clunkers” program.

    Numerous non-partisan groups have condemned Nelson. For example, Citizens Against Government Waste gave him a 13% rating. The National Taxpayer Federation gave him a 15% rating. He’s the worst type of tax and spend liberal. Nelson doesn’t care about taxpayers. He cares about keeping his U.S. Senate seat.

    Nelson’s buddy, President Obama, sure appreciates the liberal Senator’s efforts! They campaign for each other at every opportunity. To say the least, Florida’s Senior Senator sure has access! He gets to dine at the White House whenever he likes. He joins Obama on Air Force One more than most legislators. Nelson is practically part of Obama’s family.

    The President’s “rock star status” appeals to Nelson. While the two men enjoy the fruits of other people’s labor, most of America suffers. Obama’s socialist policies are destroying our nation. He wrecked our economy and ruined our reputation on the world stage. Nevertheless, with the help of prominent lapdogs, Obama remains popular. Nelson’s nothing more than a rubber stamp. He, along with many of his colleagues, have helped deceive the American people.

    I always say that we have the power to change America with our ballots! Let’s bring Senator Nelson home to Florida! It’s time for him to retire! Please join me and explore the OTHER choices:

    Piotr Blass (write in)
    Chris Borgia (NPA)
    Naomi Craine (write in)
    Bill Gaylor (NPA)
    Lionel Long (write in)
    Connie Mack (Republican)
    Robert Monroe (write in)
    Lawrence Scott (write in)

    As with the Presidential race, we must pay very close attention to all contests. We must examine all of the candidates. I’ve made my choice for President, but have yet to decide on which U.S. Senatorial candidate I’ll be backing. Well… it certainly won’t be Bill Nelson!
    By:
    Alexander George

    Region 2 Representative, Libertarian Party of Florida
    Chairman, Libertarian Party of Polk County, Florida
    Tel: 352-978-7040
    The George Report expresses the personal views of the authors/contributors of this publication. Unless otherwise stated, no endorsement has been sought/obtained from any political party, candidate, or organization.

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