With a 35 point lead in the polls on the hapless Katherine Harris and a campaign war chest seven times that of his opponent, Senator Bill Nelson is spreading the wealth.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson — ahead in the polls and in fundraising — transferred another $250,000 to the Florida Democratic Party on Thursday, a sign that his campaign is confident of a win and in his ability to help his party.
Nelson already had given $250,000 to the state party in September and raised another $600,000 for the party and tight races for governor, attorney general and chief financial officer.
The Orlando Democrat also raised or donated $1.2 million to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, bringing his total contribution to the party in the 2006 elections to $2.3 million.
An e-mail Nelson sent to his backers, in which he asked specifically for cash for three Florida congressional candidates in tight races, netted another $30,000.
In the last campaign-finance report, Nelson had $6.8 million on hand, compared with $964,000 for GOP opponent Katherine Harris.
As of this week, Nelson had booked TV time statewide through Election Day, spokesman Bryan Gulley said. Those spots chew up about $2 million a week, though Gulley said there was still cash on hand.