Rick Scott Outpaces Nelson in Florida Senate Campaign Fundraising

Nelson has $10.5 million on hand as of April 1, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. His contributions for this quarter will be reported to the FEC on July 15th.


Strategists predict the race could cost up to $200 million, making it the most expensive Senate race in history, beating the 2016 fight in Pennsylvania which cost $180 million, according to Politico.


Scott himself has not contributed any money to the campaign, according to the press release, even though he reported a net worth of $149 million last year. Scott has a track record of donating to his own campaigns: $75 million in his 2010 bid for governor and $12.8 million in his 2014 reelection campaign, according to Florida Politics.


The Florida Republican received money from over 11,000 contributors, 75 percent of whom gave less than $500. Floridians made up 80 percent of contributors, according to a press release by the Scott campaign.


Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Monday that his campaign has raised more than $10.7 million in three months — three times what incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson received.



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