Rick Scott Will Spend His Own Money on His Campaign After All
Florida's billionaire Gov. Rick Scott paid for his first campaign out of his own incredibly deep pockets. This time around, he promised to fund his reelection efforts through more traditional means, but as Charlie Crist's camp has seen an incredible last-minute fundraising surge, Scott has changed his mind.
He's writing himself a check after all.
According to Naked Politics, Scott sat down with CBS4's Jim Defede today for an interview that will air on Sunday.
Scott says he'll write the Republican Party of Florida a check that will in turn fund his own campaign. Scott refused to say, however, how much the check will be for but says the amount will come out in campaign finance reports.
Scott's campaign has so far spent $83 million, making the Florida governor's race the most expensive of this midterm cycle. He's far outspent Crist, and for most of the campaign far out fundraised him too. $56.5 million of Scott's war chest has been spent on television ads, compare to just $26.5 million by the Crist campaign.
However, Crist has seen a last-minute surge in money, and last week he out-raised Scott at a rate of 6 to 1.
With the race still close in the polls, the money spent during the final weeks may be the most important of the entire campaign.