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Rubio super PAC pulls in another $14 million



The super PAC supporting Marco Rubio raised more than $14 million in the second half of the year, putting its 2015 total at over $30 million.

Bold-name donors include billionaires Paul Singer and Ken Griffin, with $2.5 million each; longtime Rubio benefactor Norman Braman with another $1 million; Florida Crystals $250,000; and Tallahassee lobbyist Brian Ballard, who jumped from Jeb Bush last year. Ballard gave $25,000 in November, according to an FEC filing.

Jeff Sadosky, spokesman for Conservative Solutions  PAC, said: "The $30 million raised and the continued strong fundraising in January allowed us to fully fund our campaigns in Iowa and New Hampshire, so much so that we were able to go up on TV a month earlier than originally planned.

"That air cover has been incredibly important as Marco has found himself attacked by Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton and the assorted groups supporting their candidacy. An amazing 55% of all negative ads run in the state of Iowa have been targeted at Marco Rubio. More money, an estimated $25.5 million nationally, has been spent attacking Marco than the entire rest of the GOP presidential field combined. As we stated when we went up on TV in early December, our fundraising success has allowed us to commit to being on air in support of Marco as long as this process continues, with ads already running in South Carolina and ads starting tomorrow in Nevada."

In July, the last time numbers were reported, donors included Braman ($5 million), Oracle founder Larry Ellison ($3 million), Besilu Stables, the horse racing company in Miami ($2.5 million), Laura Perlmutter, wife of Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac Perlmutter, ($2 million).

[Last modified: Sunday, January 31, 2016 2:00pm]


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