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Hasner raises a low $560,000 for Senate race -- and is proud of it

hasner.jpgU.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner raised $560,000 in the quarter, his campaign said this morning. But the former Florida House majority leader put a unique spin on the number:

"We always expected the two establishment opponents to start off raising more money than us, because that's what the establishment does," Hasner said in a release. "But we'll ultimately win this race because of our positive conservative principles and a growing grassroots movement that's looking for leaders who'll stand up to Democrats and Republicans who act like them. Thanks to a growing and energized grassroots base, today is a great start for our campaign and a promising foundation for the long haul."

Mike Haridopolos already reported raising another $900,000 for his campaign. George LeMieux, who has gotten a hand from the D.C. establishment, will not release numbes until next week. Mike McCalister just got in the hunt.

"Obviously, we're not going to out-raise our opponents right out of the gate," said Hasner advisor Rick Wilson. "One of them is running the Charlie Crist special-interest, establishment campaign plan.  And the other one wrote it.  Our approach is fundamentally different: we're going to win this race, not by making deals with Tallahassee insiders or compromising our principles with the Washington establishment, but holding firm on principle and keeping the faith with conservative grassroots donors. We're also building a campaign that can go toe-to-toe with Bill Nelson next fall."

Hasner said he'll have about $470,000 cash on hand.

Hasner the outsider? He served 8 years in the House and was majority leader at the end of his tenure.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 7, 2011 10:10am]


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