Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., raised over $1.9 million dollars during the third quarter, a total that is easily the highest of any House member so far this cycle, and even even tops the quarterly haul of several sitting senators.
The top two Democratic challengers to West announced eye-popping totals of their own on Tuesday, but the freshman's nearly $2 million haul was more than four times the amount raised by the money leader on the Democratic side. Former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel pulled in over $415,000, while businessman Patrick Murphy raised $313,000.
Always a prodigious fundraiser, this was West's best quarter ever; and his strong showing comes during the typically less productive third quarter of an off-election year.
West hasn't yet reported his cash on hand number, but in the past he's had a high burn rate that accompanies his high intake. In the second quarter, he raised $1.6 million and spent over $595,000, leaving him with $1.2 million in the bank. So far this cycle, he's raised $4.1 million for what's sure to be a tough reelection bid, and boasts that his latest monster quarter came from over 42,100 individual donors.
"The people of the 22nd Congressional District of Florida along with Americans from across the United States have heard our message and support a strong constitutional conservative in the House of Representatives," West said in a statement. "Our country will always face challenges, but with principled, pragmatic, passionate and patriotic leadership, we will always emerge stronger as a nation and as a people."
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