Juggernaut Update No. 2: Show Me The Money

From Holden:

What ever happened to Rep. Katherine Harris’ nationally televised pledge to pump $10 million of her own money into her flagging Senate campaign? Not much, apparently.

After months of hearing members of even her own party second guess her run for the U.S. Senate, Katherine Harris said she would pump $10 million of her own money into her financially strapped campaign.

In an emotional announcement on national TV in March, Harris said she would use every penny her late father had left her.

Minutes later, while still in the New York studio where she made the announcement, Harris received a call from her sister. She and their brother were furious that she had not told them she was going to spend family money on her campaign, according to her former senior consultant Ed Rollins, who was with her that night.

In the days that followed, several former staffers, including Rollins, said Harris learned she would not directly receive any inheritance from her father. Instead, his assets, reported to be as much as $100 million, were left to her mother, Harriet.


“She’s crazy if she puts in $10 million of her own money,” said Brian Ballard, a Republican fundraiser in Tallahassee.

“She might as well put it in the middle of the street and light a match,” said Pat Roberts, a Republican lobbyist and longtime Harris friend.

Harris refuses to answer questions about the money, and rarely mentions the pledge in her campaign speeches anymore.

“That’s a process question, that’s a matter of strategy,” she said recently. “I’m not going to tip my hand.”

Her latest campaign reports, released Friday, show she has raised $4.8 million, and that she did not give herself any more money in the latest reporting period. She has about $2.2 million in the bank, while the incumbent, Sen. Bill Nelson, has more than $12 million.

Harris has been failing to come anywhere close to the national party’s fundraising goal for her of $2 million a month.