Marco Rubio’s organization said the Florida senator raised a total of $13.2 million between its presidential campaign and a related leadership political action committee.
That comes after two affiliated political organizations supportive of his candidacy said last week that they had raised more than $30 million. The Conservative Solutions PAC, which backs Rubio, said it had raised $16.1 million, and a separate organization, called the Conservative Solutions Project, said it has raised $15.8 million to date. That second entity is known as an issues advocacy group and is not supporting any one specific candidate but is instead advocating for an issues agenda – one that aligns with Rubio’s.
According to a Monday announcement, the leadership PAC raised $1.2 million. It is an organization that Rubio uses to support other candidates, and in recent years he has had one of the best-funded such PACs in Congress. The leadership PAC’s numbers are for the first half of the year.
On top of that, his official presidential campaign committee raised $12 million since Rubio announced his bid in April.
The various reports are through June 30 and details on the numbers won’t be available until they are officially filed with the Federal Election Commission.
With more than $40 million raised, Rubio’s campaign and those supportive of him aren’t going to contend with the more than $100 million raised by or on behalf of Jeb Bush. But campaign finance experts have said Rubio’s goals could be different – and that his broad-based support will demonstrate his appeal as the GOP primaries heat up.
According to a press release from Rubio’s campaign, the campaign received donations from all 50 states; his support was especially strong in Florida, where more than 12,000 donors contributed a total of $2.2 million to his presidential campaign.
The campaign said the senator had also been operating lean: While raising $12 million, it spent only $2.3 million since its April launch. Rubio has traveled to 17 states since April and done more than 40 events in the first four early voting states, the campaign said.
The presidential committee began July with $9.7 million cash on hand, and the leadership PAC had $539,000 cash on hand.