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Cliff Stearns sitting on huge campaign account



Good story from the Gainesville Sun:

A year has passed since Cliff Stearns began consulting about politics instead of practicing it.

Ousted by just 875 votes in the 2012 Republican primary by now-Congressman Ted Yoho, of Gainesville, Stearns took up residence with APCO Worldwide, an influential lobbying and public relations firm in Washington that boasts a global network of offices and a stable of high-powered clients.

The veteran lawmaker left office in January 2013 with $1.55 million in his campaign account — by far the most money banked among incumbents who were sent packing.

One year later, Stearns still has about $1.52 million in that account.

Stearns, who served in Congress for 24 years, continues to file campaign finance reports — an obligation that must be met by all candidates who lose or withdraw from an election until all debts are satisfied and all residual funds are exhausted.

Full story here.

[Last modified: Sunday, January 26, 2014 4:18pm]


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