Allen West goes over the $10 million mark in fundraising

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Allen West has topped the $10 million mark for his re-election campaign after raking in another $660,000 from July 1 to July 25.

The congressional District 18 hopeful also shelled out $1.2 million over the same period, putting his total tab for the entire election at almost $8 million.

West, a Plantation Republican who relocated to Palm Beach Gardens, kept his fundraising numbers among the U.S. House’s best with a familiar formula: reach out across the country with pricey mailers and bring in tons of small donations that add up. More than half his contributions — about $375,500 — were $200 or less. He has raised almost $10.6 million.

West’s Republican primary competition, Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder, added $10,400 from July 1 to July 25. Heading into the Aug. 14 primary, Crowder has raised $74,100 and spent about $23,000 of it.
The edge in local fundraising also went to West. Crowder brought in 11 St. Lucie and Martin County contributions totaling $3,625 in July’s first 25 days. West accumulated 39 contributions adding up to $8,675. Those figures don’t account for smaller contributions, since the Federal Election Commission does not require reporting specific details on donations under $200.

In all, West has just under $100,000 from the Treasure Coast in $200-or-more gifts. Crowder has about $48,300.

West’s big spending from July 1 to July 25 went mostly toward direct mailers and TV ads. He sent potential donors nationwide almost $400,000 worth of mail and his TV spots came with a $723,900 bill. Throughout the campaign, West has spent about $4.8 million worth of mail to voters and prospective donors.

In the July period, Crowder also spent $1,635 on radio ads, $10,714 on mailers and $4,546 on campaign consulting with The Firefly Group.

Campaign finance reports weren’t immediately available for Democrats Patrick Murphy, Jim Horn, Jerry Buechler and write-in candidate Marilyn Davis Holloman.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS
From July 1 to July 25
District 18 Republicans
Robert Crowder, R-Stuart
Amount raised this period: $10,410
Amount spent this period: $23,082
Total contributions: $74,104
Total loans: $0
Total expenditures: $64,709
Cash on hand: $9,321
Martin/St. Lucie donations this period: 11 contributions; $3,625
Selected noteworthy contributions:
$500: Thomas Weber, former Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers publisher
$250: Carol Waxler, former city of Stuart commissioner

From July 1 to July 25
U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Palm Beach Gardens 
Amount raised this period: $657,937
Amount spent this period: $1,196,163
Total contributions: $10,582,628
Total loans: $0
Total expenditures: $7,936,834
Cash on hand: $3,199,070
Martin/St. Lucie donations this period: 39 contributions; $8,675
Selected noteworthy contributions:
$5,000: Associated Builders & Contractors PAC
$2,500: Employees of Northrop Grumman Corp. PAC

Compiled by Jonathan Mattise

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