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Sink and McCollum Fund Raising

October 13th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

Democrat Alex Sink out raised her leading Republican in the race for Governor by a two to one margin during the last three months. Sink collected more than 1 point six million in cash, while McCollum raised just 852 thousand dollars. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the money is coming from big and small donors.

In the last three months Republican Bill McCollum raised 852 thousand dollars. But that is just half of the 1.6 million, raised by his likely Democratic opponent, Alex Sink.

So we raised plenty of money,” McCollum said. “And we raised a lot of money into the party this last time. We put a lot of our efforts into that, which is of course essential for our race as well.

McCollum had over 4200 contributors. 1324 of them gave the maximum 500 dollars. But 349 of them gave less than 10. One of them is Retired judge Jene Owen. He gave McCollum 2 dollars because he said its important to be part of the process.

Its important, even to two dollars,” Owen said.

What is important to remember is that theres still more than 10 months left in this race. And whats been raised in this last quarter is going to be just a small fraction of the overall totals at the end.

Democrat Alex Sink says big numbers early do matter.

Its an important sign of the level and the type of support and enthusiasm that a candidate is getting when they go out and ask people, really to make an investment, Sink said.

While Sinks quarter looks strong, McCollums quarter is inviting to potential opponents.

A breakdown of Sinks contributors was not immediately available.

Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Michael Arth, who complained he was shut out of the State Party Convention over the weekend, raised just 8 hundred dollars, although he did loan himself almost 12 thousand dollars.

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