Cash rolls in to Scott, Crist campaigns


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A year-long throw-down between Gov. Rick Scott, hoping to keep his 700 North Adams Street address, and former Gov. Charlie Crist, is going to be expensive.

Now a Democrat, Crist raked in about $3 million in his first month on the campaign trail, with about two-thirds of that going to his "Charlie Crist for Florida" political committee. His backers boasted that was an astronomical amount for a non-incumbent.

But Scott's haul eclipsed Crist's. Scott's "Let's Get to Work" political committee brought in $5.87 million in November --- nearly twice that of his opponent's overall take --- and brought the committee's total contributions this year to nearly $20 million.

Scott also officially filed his campaign papers Tuesday, the same day campaign-finance reports were due. Political junkies will get more timely fixes over the next year thanks to campaign law revisions approved by the Legislature earlier this year. The new law hiked campaign contribution limits from $500 to $3,000 for statewide candidates like Scott and Crist and now require the reports to be filed monthly instead of quarterly.