Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Florida Democratic Party Has Horrible Fundraising Quarter

It is no coincidence that the Florida Democratic Party had their lowest fundraising quarter since 2006. The FDP raised only $894k in the third quarter of this year. There are several reasons for this.

Tallahassee Republicans are running their version of the K Street Project. Republicans are telling lobbyists to stay away from Democrats.

Lobbyists and big donors saw the Florida Democratic Party get rocked in the 2010 election. I wrote about this in detail. People aren't going to contribute to a state party they believe cannot win elections. Karen Thurman may be gone but Democrats are cleaning up the wreckage.

The FDP needs to learn how to use new media better to get contributions. If they don't adapt they won't survive.

The good news is Rod Smith is getting Democratic activists to help win elections. Peter Schorsch informed me that the FDP had a huge presence that help Bob Buckhorn win the Tampa Mayoral race. Alvin Brown's victory in Jacksonville was another success story for the FDP.

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