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Mack says he’ll exceed $500k for Q4 2011
Posted Jan 5, 2012 by William March
Updated Jan 5, 2012 at 05:01 PM
U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, says he’s likely to exceed $500,000 in fundraising for the fourth quarter of 2011.
Mack entered the race late, in late November, giving him little time to raise money as a Senate candidate during the fourth quarter of the year.
He also has ground to make up on the other candidates. George LeMieux, the fundraising leader so far, had more than $1 million in the bank as of Sept. 31, and Adam Hasner had $785,000. Both have been running since spring; neither has yet announced how much he raised in the fourth quarter.
Mack leaked publicly in October that he would be running for the Senate, partly to prevent potential supporters from signing up with one of the other four prominent GOP Senate candidates already in the field—Hasner, LeMieux, Mike McCalister and Craig Miller.
At the start of the quarter, Mack had about $350,000 in cash on hand from his former U.S. House campaigns, most of which he’ll be able to use for his Senate race. His campaign hasn’t yet responded to a question about how much of his Q4 $500,000 was raised after his Senate announcement, and how much came in while he was still officially a House candidate.