July 12th, 2010
01:47 PM ET
8 years ago

Rubio raises big money in second quarter

Rubio's cash boost puts the Republican in prime position to blanket the expensive Florida airwaves in what's expected to be a tight three-way battle come November.

Rubio's cash boost puts the Republican in prime position to blanket the expensive Florida airwaves in what's expected to be a tight three-way battle come November.

(CNN) - Florida Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio has posted his best fundraising quarter to date, announcing on Monday a stunning $4.5 million haul over the last three months.

The cash boost puts Rubio in prime position to blanket the expensive Florida airwaves in what's expected to be a tight three-way battle come November.

Rubio's campaign said it has raised $11 million since the beginning of the tumultuous Senate race, which once pitted Rubio against Gov. Charlie Crist in the GOP primary.

Crist fell out of favor with Republican activists and is now seeking the Senate seat as an independent, non-party affiliated candidate. He has not yet released his second quarter fundraising totals.

Two Democrats are squaring off for their party's nomination: Rep. Kendrick Meek, the establishment-backed candidate, and billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene, who is funding his bid largely out of his own pocket. An aide to Meek said the Democrat raised slightly over $1 million in the second quarter, while Greene has yet to file his financial report.

Contributions to Rubio have ticked up steadily in each successive quarter since he entered the race. In 2009, he collected roughly $3 million. So far this year, the conservative darling has raked in more than $8 million.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Marco Rubio
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Malty

    I don't mind Rubio or Crist. Hopefully, Crist doesn't split the R votes. We don't need another D dragging the economy down (The Ds have been owned the house for 4 years–and it is killing us).

    July 12, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. C Spurgeon

    Go ahead..spend your money on this fool,,My money is on Crist all the way..

    July 12, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Riley

    Crist is such a opportunist. He changes his policies as the way the wind blows. I will be so happy when Rubio gets a chance to debate Crist. Crist will be exposed for who he really is. Rubio is going to be a great US Senator.

    July 12, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Zombie Jesus

    Fools and their money.....

    The End

    July 12, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    From the looks of it, I think Gov. Crist is going to win this race. He is handling the Gulf crisis with all hands on deck while Marco Rubio is campaigning. I think Floridians will remember that when their shores got attacked by this oil spill, who was on the side of the people and who was on the side of Big Oil.

    July 12, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Bob of Lompoc

    A Republican rolling in money? This is not news. It will be news when, as i hope, he does his Perp Walk. He can pay for his next "back wax" with his own money. It can be done by his bunk mate in prison – Bubba.

    July 12, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. Sun52shine

    Of course he has big money, the Supreme court gave it to him – he has been brought lot, stock and barrel by corporations. So corporations (foreign and local) will own Florida soon.

    July 12, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Papasan in AZ

    Pass the Unemployment Extension !!!!

    July 12, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. David in Houston

    Unfortunately, this news doen't bode well for the good folks in Florida looking to avoid another environmental catastrophe...

    July 12, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Angola Fl.

    He will need every penny of it. People do not trust Rubio.

    July 12, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    He has to defeat Christ........which may take some doing.

    July 12, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    When the Supreme Court gave carte blance to corporations, US and foreign, to put unlimited cash into campaign coffers, this is what you get. What we need to do is counter it by finding out information on each candidate through actual interviews, web information, etc. and not pay attention to the commercials. Truth isn't usually one of the stand outs in them, anyway.

    And something to keep in mind. With the Democrats at least trying to reign in corporate America just a little, with watered down legislation, like health care and financial, these guys aren't happy. They're not giving to the Democrats this year. Big surprise, huh?

    July 12, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Da Professor

    Lets focus in on Rubio's source of funds.
    Oil companies? Huge businesses? Right-Wing Extremists?

    July 12, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. AndyBlue

    Ha! Floridians deserve what they get. They'll see. : )

    July 12, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Stacey

    Who cares? Go Charlie Crist!

    July 12, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Larry

    Losing big money for his campaign isn't important.

    What is important to this child is that he has 100,000 Facebook followers.

    July 12, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Bertina

    Oh no, this Tea Bagger supported candidate also supports Amnesty. Whatever is a racist tea bagger voter to do?

    July 12, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Bob

    OK, who gave this guy 4. something mil. now let make everthing tranparent. I think it should be known what big companys are looking for his political votes. It's got to be some one with money because the middle class people have none.

    July 12, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Florida Joe

    Just another Repub trying to buy the election.........Let's hope we the people are too smart to support this clown...........

    July 12, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. mike tampa fl

    Well in that case this republican will be donating to Charlie, Rubio is extreme in his views and not what florida needs. To bad, I supported Crist as a republican and will support him as an independant. In fact I would vote for the dem candidate before Rubio.

    I live here, I have seen what he is about!

    July 12, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Djinn

    Rubio is another empty suit that will vote with his corporate donors. Are the old folks in Florida really that senile???

    July 12, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. all the news that's fit to omit

    Rubio is a rising star in the Republican party and guess what libtards he is hispanic to boot.

    Dozens upon dozens of minorities are running as Republicans in this election cycle so you would think the media would at least highlight that aspect of the party..........

    Nope, can't do it, that would hammer the myth of the party of only white men........

    But then the elections last month or so where MANY Republican WOMEN hammered the "sex" part of the myth.

    I want a diverse party with diverse ideas and diverse backrounds and it would ne nice if the media actually reported these FACTS.

    July 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. jeb b

    this man has no new message its people like him and palin, if they had their way . they would dig up ronald reagan the so-called honest conserv. or aka the "reagan doctrine" which only the well off right and the rich benefitted back in the 80's. rubino and their tired call for tax cuts. you got 2 tax cuts in the bush era. isn't that failure enough? get a message.

    July 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. Brian L

    he being bought by Big Oil they are mad at Christ's support of a Florida Amendment to ban near-shore drilling...... Rubio the best friend the massive polluters can have!

    July 12, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. mike

    hey Rubio save your money you are wasting your time

    July 12, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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