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Grayson raising money for Webster



A flood of publicity over Alan Grayson's widely denounced attack ad on Republican challenger Dan Webster has sent money pouring into Webster's coffers.

A source close to the campaign told the Buzz that Webster has already received $40,000 from people outraged by the ad. The campaign sent an e-mail to potential donors but has also benefited from media coverage -- from MSNBC to Glenn Beck -- in the past two days. (UPDATE 5:50 p.m. Wednesday: The total is now more than $101,000.)

Grayson is sticking to his guns, refusing to concede in an interview on MSNBC that he was wrong to selectively edit Webster's words. Instead he is trying to keep focus on his broader point that Webster has sponsored anti-abortion and other legislation some may deem unfriendly to women.

As the controversy spread, Sarah Palin weighed in late Tuesday with a message on Twitter: FL's Daniel Webster - keep moving forward w/positive,strong,sharp message of truth! (As opposed to opponent who disgraced himself w/that ad).

[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 5:31pm]


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