Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida isn't necessarily thought of as someone who can raise the kind of money he would need for a successful presidential campaign, but a report casts doubt on that.
The Washington Post digs deeper
into Rubio's fundraising avenues that take in money through a trio of committees.
A report over the weekend
said Rubio will announce his candidacy for president on April 13 in Miami.
The Marco Rubio for Senate committee, for example, took in $3.3 million during the 2014 election cycle. But that figure was much larger during the 2010 campaign, when the Republican ran for Senate. He raised $21.7 million, according to the Post.
Rubio, writes the Post, has raised nearly $30 million through this committee during the 2010, 2012, and 2014 election cycles.
The Rubio Victory Committee, meanwhile, is a joint fundraising committee that raises money with other candidates running for office. This committee took in $12 million during the last two two-year election cycles.
Reclaim America is Rubio's leadership PAC, and that raised $5.76 million in the last two election cycles.
All told, Rubio has not raised the kind of money former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is expected to take in during the 2016 campaign, should he enter the race. But Rubio has taken in almost $50 million since 2010 through the three aforementioned committees — and he's only been in the Senate since 2011.
Another factor that could help boost Rubio's fundraising totals is billionaire car dealership owner and philanthropist Norman Braman. The two have been friends since the early 2000s when Rubio was elected to the Florida state House of Representatives, and a report on Monday claimed Braman
could give as much as $10 million to Rubio's campaign if he runs for the White House.
If Bush enters the presidential race and takes in the most money, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker could be right behind him in terms of dollars raised, reports the Post. Walker took in a combined $83 million during his 2010 election, 2011 recall election, and 2014 election.
Rubio, according to an Associated Press story
last week, will center his presidential campaign around foreign policy.
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