The Democratic gubernatorial campaign of Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced fundraising totals of more than $1.6 million for the calendar quarter ending on September 30, 2009. The third-quarter results represent a gain of approximately $300,000 over the previous quarter. Ms. Sink has raised more than $4 million, and her campaign reports that it currently has $3.6 million in the bank.
The leading Republican candidate for governor, state Attorney General Bill McCollum, raised $853,000 during the third quarter, down from the $1 million raised in the second quarter. His campaign currently has approximately $1.7 million in the bank.
Attorney General McCollum's Republican primary campaign may soon receive serious opposition. State Sen. Paula Dockery (R-Lakeland) gave interviews to several reporters on October 6 and 7, 2009 in which she said that she was likely to enter the race. “I'm leaning toward doing it and I'm getting close to an announcement. I've given myself a deadline of about three weeks,” she told one reporter. She added, “I'm going to stop short of saying I've made the decision, but we're almost there.”
Sen. Dockery, who currently chairs the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, served in the Florida House from 1994 – 2000 and has been in the Florida Senate since 2002. In 2009, she was the de facto leader of the opposition to the Sun Rail Central Florida rail plan.