4

Rick Scott Will Spend His Own Money on His Campaign After All

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

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.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.