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Allen West raises $1.8 million, spends $1.2 million in 1st quarter

by George Bennett | April 16th, 2012

U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, is simply in a different league when it comes to congressional fundraising — and spending.

West collected more than $1.8 million during the first quarter of 2012, including $857,266 from donors who gave less than $200, according to a report posted Sunday. But the freshman tea party celebrity also spent more than $1.2 million in the quarter, most of it on his direct-mail money machine.

West, who has raised nearly $7.8 million overall, ended the quarter with $3.3 million in cash on hand.

To provide some perspective, the $1.8 million West collected between Jan. 1 and March 31 for his House race tops the $1.6 million that Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson raised over the same period for his statewide reelection bid.

And it wasn’t even a particularly boffo quarter for West, who raised $1.75 million in the previous three-month period and $1.96 million in the quarter before that.

West’s GOP primary foe, Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder, raised $26,800 in his first month as a candidate.

West spent more than $900,000 in the quarter on direct-mail fundraising, including $207,759 to rent lists of potential donors for future fundraising appeals. This mail “prospecting” expenditure alone is more than West’s leading Democratic rival, Patrick Murphy, spent on all his campaign activities during the quarter.

Murphy, one of the best-financed Democratic challengers in the nation, raised $350,556 between Jan. 1 and March 31 and spent $205,254. He ended the quarter with a little more than $1 million in cash on hand.

Murphy out-raised West during the quarter in at least one category: money from PACs and other political committee. Murphy collected $62,000 from committees, including $2,000 apiece from the reelection campaigns of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. West garnered $59,685 from committees during the quarter.

Both West and Murphy were running in Palm Beach-Broward congressional District 22, but jumped to newly drawn Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 this year.

14 Responses to “Allen West raises $1.8 million, spends $1.2 million in 1st quarter”

  1. Voter Says:

    West has my vote.

  2. gary galiano Says:

    Mine too.

  3. REal American Says:

    This is seriously scary that this war uneducated criminal has support from the uneducated ignorant Americans.

  4. Bobcat Says:

    Allen West will be president one day. As much as the looney socialist progressives hate that, he will be a benefit to their miserable lives as well. To REal american, I pity you…

  5. galiano Says:

    @real american, and you call your self a :real american:? your a joke, ALLEN WEST IS AN AMERICAN HERO!

  6. Carol Says:

    REal American, prior to Allen West entering the military he was a school teacher. Are we to presume that teachers are ‘uneducated’? After our experience with what was to be the most intelligent POTUS ever, I’ll take ‘uneducated’ any day over ‘educated’.

  7. DDW Says:

    This is typical G.O.P.of taking and spending other peoples money and then calling it conservative action.
    I will not vote for the Tea Party poster boy who has yet to introduce a single bill in the legislative assembly to date.
    He must be to busy raising money for the election.

  8. Sniff Says:

    Name-calling makes me sad.

  9. kelly Says:

    Don’t worry. AW has made so many cringe inducing gaffes on camera, the opposition research on him will be easy.

    Allen West: one and done.



    Look at all the paid Allen West trolls!

    Allen West can’t even get re-elected in Florida’s 22nd congressional district — BECAUSE HE WAS THE MOST UNPROFESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE IN RECENT HISTORY!!! — and people think he would win the office of the President!


    Made my morning.

  11. let's see the DD214 Says:

    West needs to put to rest the question of the characterization of his army discharge. He should release his DD 214 discharge form so we can see if he received an Honorable Disharge, or less.

  12. tarry davis Says:

    Florida used to produce some really good smart politicians. Politicians to be proud of. Scott and West are just plain shameful carpetbaggers who make Florida look like bad. Do Floridians really want to become the laughing stock of America?

  13. Same Ole, Same Ole Says:

    Another story with a happy ending . . . Intruders Killed In Foiled Burglary Identified.

    Around 1:55 a.m. Sunday at a home on Country Club Drive in Jacksonville, NC, three residents entered the house when they were attacked by two strangers who were inside. The two attackers, both 33 years old, were killed.

    The three people who live at the house, two who are Camp Lejeune Marines, were all treated and released from Onslow Memorial Hospital.


    Same Ole uses racial issues to divide people politically.

    How is that helping Florida?

    It isn’t. It is needlessly dividing us and making us weaker as a state.

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