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October money round-up: Nan Rich’s negative cash flow, cabinet members pad totals, Magar rocks

by George Bennett | November 13th, 2013

Democratic governor candidate Nan Rich at last month's statewide Democratic convention in Lake Buena Vista.


Fresh Florida campaign finance reports filed this week mark at least two milestones: the beginning of monthly, instead of quarterly, filings and the likely end of Nan Rich‘s status as the Democratic fundraising leader in the 2014 governor’s race.

Rich raised $8,291 in October while spending $8,788. Since April 1, former Senate Democratic Leader Rich has raised $102,419 and spent $135,701. For her entire campaign, which began in April 2012, she has raised $224,065 and spent $161,805.

Rich remains the top Democratic fundraiser for governor in current Division of Election records because former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist didn’t open his Democratic campaign for governor until Nov. 1 and won’t file his first money report until next month.

Crist might have passed Rich’s 18-month fundraising total in his first week as a candidate. At an event in Broward County last week, former Democratic state Sen. Steve Geller said Crist raised about $500,000 combined for his campaign and for the political committee Charlie Crist For Florida. Geller, who helped organize the event, said he didn’t know how much money went directly to Crist’s campaign and how much to the committee.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott‘s “Let’s Get To Work” committee raised $824,835 during October and has about $17 million in cash on hand.

Some other highlights from the October money reports after the jump…

** No one expects Democratic attorney general candidate George Sheldon to compete financially with incumbent Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi. But Sheldon raised $5,931 in his first 11 days as a candidate, Oct. 21-31, which is a pace of $539.18 per day. Bondi raised $16,675 for the month, a rate of $537.90 per day. Overall, Bondi has raised $421,576 for her 2014 re-election bid.

** In an unofficial test of fundraising strength for potential 2018 GOP governor candidates, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam raised $49,984 during the month and has collected $850,090 overall while Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater of North Palm Beach had a $40,690 October haul and has raised $578,931 overall.

** Among local legislators seeking re-election, state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, remains the fundraising leader with $293,095 collected overall. Negron garnered $10,000 in October.

** State Rep. MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta, had the strongest October financially, raking in $38,850 during the month. She has raised a total of $52,600 for her 2014 campaign.

** State Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, has collected the most money of local state House members with $71,470 in receipts. Hager, who collected $2,600 in October, drew a challenge last week from Democratic businessman David Silvers. Silvers is director of product development at Tekno Books, a subsidiary of Boca-based Hollywood Media Corp.

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