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Mack: Actually, it was $750k
Posted Jan 12, 2012 by William March
Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Connie Mack IV’s U.S. Senate campaign actually raised $750,000 in the last quarter of 2011, campaign officials announced today.
That’s half again the figure mentioned in an announcement last week. In that message to supporters, also transmitted to the press, campaign manager Jeff Cohen said the campaign had set a “stretch goal” of $500,000, and “It appears we will achieve, if not exceed, that goal.”
Why the big change?
When the campaign made the announcement last week, “We had a quick goal of achieving $500,000,” said spokesman David James. “We knew we had well exceeded that, we just didn’t know by how much.”
The deadline for campaigns to provide official figures to the Federal Elections Commission isn’t until Jan. 31, he noted. The other major U.S. Senate candidates, Adam Hasner and George LeMieux, haven’t provided any fourth quarter financial information yet.
In any case, last week’s announcement got Mack some negative publicity from pundits who said it wasn’t an impressive figure for a sitting Congress member with one of the most famous names in Florida politics.
But James noted that Mack only entered the race a month or so before the Christmas holidays, not a propitious time for fundraising.