July 9th, 2009
02:01 PM ET
9 years ago

Crist announces big fundraising haul

Charlie Crist raised $4.3 million in the second fundraising quarter of 2009.

Charlie Crist raised $4.3 million in the second fundraising quarter of 2009.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Even in a slumping economy, Charlie Crist is justifying his reputation as a master fundraiser.

The Florida governor raised an average of $86,000 a day since jumping into the race for Mel Martinez's Senate seat in May, his campaign reported Thursday.

Crist collected $4.3 million in donations in the second fundraising quarter of 2009, despite entering the race on May 12 - 41 days into the quarter.

He has so far raised nearly 13 times as much as his Republican primary rival Marco Rubio, who announced last week that his campaign has raised $340,000.

Though Rubio was never expected to be able to match Crist dollar-for-dollar in the money chase, that cash deficit will likely be thrown into stark relief once Crist starts airing television and radio ads throughout the state.

Rubio's campaign responded by painting Crist as a big-spending liberal.

"Charlie Crist will need to spend every last cent trying to convince voters that his support for wasteful stimulus spending, cap-and-trade schemes, tax increases and liberal judges are acceptable Republican practices," said Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos.

The cash haul is yet another show of political muscle from the Crist campaign, which has trotted out endorsements from prominent Senate leaders in Washington like Mitch McConnell, John McCain and Mel Martinez, who is vacating the seat now being pursued by Crist.

Earlier this week, Crist nabbed a pair of endorsements in Rubio's backyard when he landed the backing of two Cuban-American GOP congressmen from South Florida - Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart.

Filed under: Charlie Crist • Marco Rubio
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Rubio is going to end up choking on his words. The stimulus so far has saved jobs, helped refinance mortgages, extended unemloyment benefits and slowly but surely loosening up credit. These Party of NO politicians are going to be out of a job in 2010 and they'll be needing some unemployment benefits.

    July 9, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Arlene Bailey

    I hope Rubio will run for governor of FL and get some more experience there. He is a good guy.

    July 9, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Terry from Texas

    The last thing that this poor nation needs is another Conservative Senator. Haven't these people done enough damage to the nation already. And Florida, in particular, has a lot to make up for. It was that state that, more than any other, put us in the mess we are in now.

    July 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. patty

    is he gearing up for 2012 ? is Romney ?...

    July 9, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Fort Lauderdale

    Charlie Christ is a shoo-in for the Senate seat of Mel Martinez. He is widely known and broadly popular across the state. That answers Mr. Rubio's questions about why he would support stimulus in Florida and environmental protection issues. He has cross-party support. That does not explain to me, however, why he is leaving the Governorship which it would seem to me is a better jumping off point for Presidential office, but probably he wants national security experience.

    July 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. sarahinfla

    yeah probaly all our property tax money (developers, Crist, Property Appraisers, and tax collectors) are common thieves.

    July 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Kinda wanna try my hand at mindless, meaningless criticism akin to the GOP's right now:

    Hey, didn't anyone ever tell this guy it's not nice to point? What a commy!

    tah dah

    July 9, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. johnnie

    so what,can he beat the democrat in florida, i dont think so,he supported the stimulus,and the gop will never let him live that down. there will be a senator of african american to win that seat,do the math (cnn) charlie crist will lose,he is wasting his time. the power of of the president will prevail.(cnn) do your homework and reveal who that is to defeat (charlie crist)?

    July 9, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. I laugh at comrade Limbaugh daily

    Guess the Orange growers are making a big profit this year.Just goes to show you hes in the pocket of big business and not the working man and woman of Florida.Dont get fooled by this yokel,he doesnt give a spit about the middle class.

    July 9, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. yuri

    Atta boy, Christ! Surprisingly, GOP has some sane ones who can engender a marriage between hard-line ultra-right wingers, and loosey-goosey liberals, and take a middle course, until atleast the problem is being addressed.

    July 9, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. EBC, MD

    He's going to need every penny and LOTS more to win. Republicans LOVE to brag about what they raised and then when the Democrats out RAISE them, then the whining and accusations start flowing from the Republicans.

    Crist needs to be happy he raised what he did, however, thanks to Palin, Sanford, Vitter, Ensign, the 2010 elections is promising to be another defining moment in our history when the GOP gets another butt whooping.

    July 9, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. Hugo

    Another empty gas bag...bidness as usual!

    July 9, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. skyhawkdriver

    It's all about the money people..it's not about us or our country..who has the most money has the most say and the most votes..what a bunch of dirt balls

    July 9, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. guesswhats4dinner

    Crist can really give the Democrats a run for our money. He's got the right package as far as political charisma is concern, and he wasn't all about saying NO when the rest of his party was going down that road. That will carry him a long way.

    July 9, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Bridgette

    Why does all of this money has to be raised. Are they buying these offices and our votes are just camoflouge. I don't understand why they need to raise millions of dollars for a job that does not pay no where near there. what happens to that money after the race is over. I think we are being completely ripped off.

    July 9, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. history repeats

    he raises alot of money and his last name is crist? he will be running for president DEFINITELY!!! the gullible base of the republican party will follow this guy off a cliff!

    July 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. tired of big gub'ment

    Oh look, another politician is selling his soul for money.....

    Why is it that these candidates can raise so much money for their elections and not be able to come up with a simple budget once they are in office? Am I the only one who is wondering where all these contributions are coming from and what this guy is going to do to pay all the contributers back if he gets elected?

    July 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Why do they think this is big news.

    We all know The Repubicans Party-GOP have the backing of the Greedy Corporations CEO of the Healthcare Industry, Bank Industry, and the Oil Industry.

    July 9, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. Ken in Gainesville

    It is not surprising Charlie has raised huge sums of money. He signed legislation gutting Florida's growth management laws, then he transferred complete power to move water around the state to politically-appointed water managent directors. Then he made sure that decisions did not have to go through any public scrutiny, and that the decisions could not be challenged by anyone opposed to the decisions. Talk about gifts to fat cat developers! Charlie should be able to raise huge sums with friends like these. He has totally capitulated to the pave Florida now crowd, and is nothing short of a Bernie Madoff in the Governor's mansion. What a coward!

    July 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Mike

    Does not matter, crist favors obamas tax and spend so me and mine will vote Rubio.

    July 9, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. DT

    Why do people compalin of having no money yet they give it to these fundraisers? Tho Im sure for both sides alot of the funds came from rich friends...

    July 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Lisa in Shelton

    GO DEMS! Get another seat. Are you listening GOP?

    July 9, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Dee, 1 Vote

    Gov Crist, Good raising voting money. I'm a Obama/Bidlen "12", but you will have my "Pres Crist 2016" Vote!

    July 9, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. he will need it

    the war chest that politicians need to compete is so out of hand

    July 9, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Bridgette July 9th, 2009 2:18 pm ET

    Why does all of this money has to be raised. Are they buying these offices and our votes are just camoflouge. I don't understand why they need to raise millions of dollars for a job that does not pay no where near there. what happens to that money after the race is over. I think we are being completely ripped off.

    Bridgette, you've pretty much described the major flaw in party politics – the very flaw that Jefferson and Franklin warned.

    With respect to the money... well, they spend it on their campaigns. TV time, radio time... paying campaign "volunteers". And as far as the job not paying much... well, it's not the pay, it's the speaking engagement fees and all the other bennies that motivate them. It certainly isn't their desire to help out the citizenry, that's for sure.

    July 9, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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