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Florida Republicans substantially outraising Dems for 2014

Democrats call it business as usual

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JUST THE STATS

 

$1.4 MILLION

THIRD QUARTER FUNDRAISING TOTAL FOR THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY, BRINGING THE 2013 TOTAL TO $3.5 MILLION

 

$5.1 MILLION

THIRD QUARTER FUNDRAISING TOTAL FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF FLORIDA, BRINGING THE 2013 TOTAL TO $14 MILLION

 

$4.4 MILLION

THIRD QUARTER FUNDRAISING TOTAL FOR GOV. RICK SCOTT’S “LET’S GET TO WORK” COMMITTEE, BRINGING THE 2013 TOTAL TO $13 MILLION. SCOTT HAS NOT YET OPENED AN OFFICIAL FUNDRAISING ACCOUNT

 

“WE’RE RAISING ENOUGH MONEY TO TELL VOTERS ABOUT GOV. RICK SCOTT’S FAILURE. THAT’S WHAT’S IMPORTANT HERE. RACES IN FLORIDA AREN’T ABOUT WHO HAS THE MOST MONEY ON ELECTION DAY. RACES IN FLORIDA ARE ABOUT WHO VOTERS TRUST TO TACKLE THE CHALLENGES FLORIDA FACES.”
– FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR JOSHUA KARP
SOURCES: Florida Division of Elections, Florida Democratic Party

 

FIRING SQUAD

Yeah, sure, we understand. Ever since the Citizens United decision declared corporations to be the equivalent of sentient beings for the purposes of election-rigging, the most convenient way to read the tea leaves of a fast-approaching election is to basically read the green leaves notated in the ledgers of public record. How else would a strange and unlikable bald man ascend to the governorship after defrauding Medicare in record amounts? (He would spend $70 million of his own money on his 2010 campaign, that’s how.)

But, once again another fiscal quarter has passed, and once again – even with poll numbers for most elected Republicans (including Scott) teetering on the abysmal mark – the shortest distance between two points of reason would seem to indicate that Republicans are on track to continue their 15-year reign over the entirety of the state’s governance. Never mind the sloth-like stubbornness that led to the legislature passing up some $55 billion for Medicaid expansion this year (hey guys, it’s still available if you’d fucking change your hive mind), nor the sideline cheerleading of state-elected conservative jocks for their Tea Party brethren shutting down the federal government – this is still Florida. In the last quarter alone, the Republican Party of Florida has outraised the Florida Democratic Party by nearly four times: a triumphant $5.1 million to a pathetic $1.4 million. And that only continues the time-immemorial trend of Republican coffer-trouncing. What are the Dems to do? Steady on, say the Dems.

“We had a strong quarter. We raised a lot of money. And we’re very pleased with the work the party did,” Florida Democratic Party communications director Joshua Karp says, like someone who has said it several times before.

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