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Freshmen Take Millions In PAC Money

April 21, 2011
Others found that raising money from PACs is easier than raising money from individuals. PAC contributions made up nearly all of Rep. Charlie Bass's (R-N.H.) total haul; Bass raised $119,688, including $105,000 from PACs. Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) pulled in $214,174 during the quarter, of which nearly three quarters -- $155,584 -- came from PACs. Reps. Quico Canseco (R-Texas), Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), Joe Heck (R-Nev.) and Austin Scott (R-Ga.) all relied on PACs for more than half the money they raised last quarter. Two House Republicans have so far kept themselves away from the veritable smorgasbord of interest group contributions. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) didn't take a penny from PACs last quarter, but he didn't raise much in total either; Barletta raised just $106,054 in the past three months, and he still has $134,968 in outstanding debts from his 2010 campaign. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) brought in four contributions totaling $6,000 from PACs, including a $2,000 contribution from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's political wing. Then again, those $6,000 accounted for nearly three quarters of the $8,725 Woodall brought in. -- Sarah Mimms, Sophie Quinton and Matt Loeb contributed to this post
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