Ron DeSantis: $128 Million, Charlie Crist: $3 Million

by | Sep 2, 2022

  • Following a competitive primary against Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried last month, Charlie Crist now faces a huge cash disparity in the general election
  • Crist’s cash reserves are depleted, while DeSantis spent the primary season adding to his arsenal
  • DeSantis has spent about $6 million since the primary, while Crist has spent $184,000

Gov. Ron DeSantis collected about $1.95 million for his political committee and campaign from Aug. 20 through Aug. 26, while Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist pulled in nearly $1.79 million, according to finance reports posted Friday on the state Division of Elections website.

The reports offer the first glimpses of fundraising and spending after Crist won the Aug. 23 Democratic gubernatorial primary and set up the Nov. 8 general-election race with DeSantis.

The Friends of Ron DeSantis committee raised $1.138 million from Aug. 20 through Aug. 26, while it spent $3.36 million. It had about $120.3 million in cash on hand as of Aug. 26. Much of the spending during the period — $3 million — involved funneling money to the Republican Party of Florida, according to the committee’s finance report. Meanwhile, DeSantis raised almost $815,000 for his separate campaign account, while spending $2.64 million. The campaign account had about $8.27 million on hand as of Aug. 26.

Crist’s Friends of Charlie Crist committee raised nearly $774,000 during the period, while spending about $77,000. It had about $1.36 million on hand as of Aug. 26. Crist also collected $1.015 million for his campaign account, while spending more than $107,000. The campaign account had about $1.82 million on hand.


  1. GD

    Shows how much money a corrupt governor can get for bribes.
    But DeSantis has a problem, he is DeSantis and a lot of independents just don’t like the controlling, free speech hating, bully, pushing bad medicines, lying about covid for businesses that only made the shutdowns, etc longer, vengeful fascists who doesn’t want anything to offend racists, religious extremists and made it a law.
    Needless to say DeSantis won’t be getting many votes from dems and likely only 30% from independents, Crist has a good chance because Christian nationalism extremism doesn’t sit well with freedom loving Americans, businesses who don’t like to be told what to do, say, think.
    And don’t want a governor who does.
    My how low repubs have fallen. I remember when they stood for decency, law and order. Now more like the Know Nothings.
    This is not going to be a good November for you, DeSantis, Rubio, and national repub ticket as people are no longer into you as so extreme with no platform other than against anything dems do, women’s, other’s rights.
    And you’ll find the rath of women, young, independents in the voting booth.

  2. dmmorrison

    All the money in the world won’t make up for DeSantis’ determination to end reproductive rights for women. He’s on the losing side of that one.

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