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Allen West's fundraising juggernaut rolls on

12

October

west.jpgU.S. Rep. Allen West has done it again.

His campaign said today that he raised $1.9 million for the third quarter -- as much as Sen. Bill Nelson -- and that he has collected $4.1 million overall for his re-election campaign.

The South Florida Republican is sharply partisan, often controversial and gets national cable TV exposure -- the ingredients for strong fundraising. His Democratic challengers, Lois Frankel and Patrick Murphy, raised $440,000 and $313,000 respectively.

West's campaign said 42,100 people contributed and the average donation was $47.

Democrats note that West is spending money at a fast rate, too. "While he raised $2.2 million in Q1 and Q2, he’s also spent more than $787K on consultants alone and more than $1.3 million total," an operative said in an e-mail.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:56pm]

    

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