Rick Scott outraises Charlie Crist in June, 3.1M to 720K

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Republican Gov. Rick Scott continues to lead his likely Democratic rival Charlie Crist for fundraising in the Florida governor’s race, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

Tim Saler, Deputy Campaign Manager for the Rick Scott for Florida Campaign, tweeted his candidate’s good news on Friday: @CharlieCrist can’t hide from this: @ScottforFlorida & @FloridaGOP outraised him $3.1M to $720K in first 20 days of June.

In the most recent reporting period — June 1-20 — the DOE website shows Crist’s campaign account posting $225,091, for an overall take of $3,901,149, while the Charlie Crist for Florida committee added another $424,020, for a total of $8,718,600. Add to that $173,132 of in-kind donations, totaling $1,009,443 to date.

In hard dollars, Scott’s campaign account took in $561,662 during the June reporting period, just ahead of Crist, bringing the governor’s total to $5,249,491, with another $335,227 in-kind for the first three weeks of June ($1,820,599 in all).

“Let’s Get to Work,” Scott’s affiliated committee raised $546,728 during that same period; its total now stands at a far larger $28,592,128.

The Republican Party of Florida itself does not fall under the same reporting requirements as candidates, PACs and other electioneering committees.

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