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Sink Scores $1.6 Million, Democrats Bank Another $2.5 Million

Florida Democrats crowed Monday about their fund-raising prowess over the past three months – while Republicans so far have not shown their hand.

In the quarter that ended last week, Democratic gubernatorial contender Alex Sink said she’d collected more than $1.6 million – bringing her total fundraising to more than $4 million.

Republican rival Bill McCollum hasn’t revealed his latest total yet – but had drawn $1 million in the quarter ending in June, after announcing his candidacy just a few weeks earlier.

Sink’s campaign said she has $3.6 million cash-on-hand.

The state Democratic Party also touted its treasury – a $2.5 million take which party officials say is the Democrats’ best third-quarter total ever. In breaking down the numbers, Democrats say the party historically has raised an average $870,000 during third-quarters – with the latest round triple the usual take.

“Fueled by the grassroots army we are building, the Florida Democratic Party’s momentum to bring change to Florida keeps growing,” said Party Chair Karen Thurman.

Meanwhile, Florida lawmakers are wasting little time advancing on the next quarter of cash collecting. With legislators in Tallahassee for committee hearings this week, a spate of fund-raisers have been scheduled Tuesday in the Capitol’s shadows.

Among them: Reps. Mike Horner, R-Kissimmee, Eric Eisnaugle, R-Orlando, and Kurt Kelly, R-Ocala, will be raising money at the Governor’s Club. Reps. Esteban Bovo, R-Hialeah, Erik Fresen, R-Miami, Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna, Marlene O’Toole, R-Lady Lake, and Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, will be nearby taking checks.

Republican House contenders Bill Hager of Boca Raton and Greg Steube of Brandenton also will learn the ways of the Legislature – feted for fund-raising at the Governor's Club.

And a couple doors down Tallahassee's Adams Street at the Florida Realtors’ headquarters, Nancy Cardone, a Jupiter Republican running to replace Republican Rep. Carl Domino, will be accepting contributions.

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