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Rubio headed west for fundraising



Sen. Marco Rubio is going west - for campaign money.

He's scheduled to begin a three-day fundraising swing in Seattle on Monday, with two events. The Florida Republican then heads to California for events in Sonoma, San Diego, Los Angeles and Tarzana.

Rubio's fundraising committees pulled in about $1 million in the last quarter, pushing his overall total to about $9 million. He has $3 million in the bank. Where'd all that money go?

Building a national fundraising infrastructure and assembling a staff that just might guide a 2016 presidential run (or Senate re-election.) Rubio last week shifted Cesar Conda, his Senate chief of staff, to the Reclaim America PAC, where he'll join Terry Sullivan, Todd Harris and others. Rubio has also paid for ads to support other Republicans, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Senate candidate Tom Cotton of Arkansas.

While in Texas this week, where he did public events in San Antonio and Austin, Rubio raised money in those cities plus Houston and Dallas.

He'll visit in New Hampshire in early May.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 17, 2014 6:25pm]


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