It’s official: Gov. Rick Scott spent more than $63-million in U.S. Senate race

The final, official tally of spending in Florida’s widely-watched U.S. Senate race was reported Thursday, with Gov. Rick Scott spending more than $63 million out of his own pocket to defeat Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.

That’s a whopping amount in the race that sparked lawsuits, recounts and national media attention.

All told, the Rick Scott for Florida campaign raised just under $83 million ($82,698,885), according to Federal Election Commission reports.

That contrasts sharply with Nelson, who raised nearly $28 million based on his final financial report.  

Stunningly, the Democratic incumbent left money on the table. The report shows he had more than $3 million cash-on-hand at the end of the election cycle.

In addition, outside groups supporting and opposing both candidates spent about $90 million in the race, CNBC reported last month.

The website Open Secrets reported last month that the Florida U.S. Senate race was the most expensive election ever in terms of combined candidate and outside spending, when only the candidates who made it to the general election were included.

Despite the massive spending by Scott, the amount falls short of the $73 million he spent to defeat Democrat Alex Sink in the governor’s race of 2010.




Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry has spent the past 18 years covering news and politics in the Sunshine State, most recently with He worked for five years as the political editor of Creative Loafing in Tampa, and before that he was the assistant news director at WMNF radio, where he served as creator/anchor/producer of the hour-long WMNF Evening News. A San Francisco native, Mitch began his career at KPFA Radio in Berkeley in the 1990's.


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