Marco Rubio raises $2.28 million during first quarter of 2013

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Senator Marco Rubio raised $2.28 million during the first quarter across three affiliated political committees, CQ Roll Call’s David Drucker reports.

Adopting a fundraising strategy usually employed by national party committees and major presidential nominees, the Florida Republican set up a joint fundraising committee with his personal campaign account and his political action committee, Reclaim America.

Collectively, Rubio’s three committees ended March with $2.32 million in cash on hand after spending $1.2 million, including $700,000 on a brand new, national direct mail program that helped the senator attract 15,000 new donors.

The numbers are impressive given that Rubio is not up for re-election until 2016. He also spent the first three months of this year enmeshed in negotiations over a bipartisan immigration overhaul, a sensitive and complex effort that engenders suspicion or outright opposition in much of the senator’s political base.

Rubio is considered a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

“It’s obviously encouraging that so many grass-roots conservatives from across the country are supporting Marco’s efforts to bring real conservative change to Washington,” Rubio adviser Todd Harris said on Monday.

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