Florida governor's race 2nd in TV spending

Posted at 5:58 AM, Sep 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-10 10:20:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - About $32 million has been spent on television ads in the race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist.

That's according to a study being released Wednesday by the Center for Public Integrity. It puts Florida second to Pennsylvania in money spent in a governor's race.

The money being pumped into television in Florida's governor's race is coming mostly through political committees set up for the candidates or political parties rather than candidates' individual campaigns.

Scott's political committee and the Republican Party of Florida combined to spend $20.6 million on ads, compared to just $176,300 by Scott's official campaign. Likewise, the Florida Democratic Party has spent $8.9 million on ads backing Crist or attacking Scott, compared to not quite $1 million spent by the Crist campaign.