It was clear from the beginning that Charlie Crist would run a Traditional 3M style campaign as he had done so many times in the past. So far, nothing has changed. Crist has spent nearly all of his campaign time bundling big money at traditional big-ticket fundraisers. The expectations for how much Crist would raise were set incredibly high, and Charlie Crist crushed them to the tune of more than $6.4 million dollars raised with $6.2 million cash-on-hand as of October 8, 2009. Crist has trounced not only Marco Rubio in raising big money; he has become the leading Republican Senatorial fundraiser in the entire country for the 2010 cycle. Though Rubio showed glimmers of hope at the end of the last fundraising report in early October raising $1 million, he has fallen far short of Crist’s ability to bundle big money. However, Rubio has successfully raised money from smaller donors (more than 11,000 of them) most of whom he can raise money from again. By comparison, more than 850 Crist donors have already maxed out, meaning they can not give to Crist again until the General Election.
In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson,