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  Allen West rakes in $1.6M
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Last EditedJason  Oct 15, 2010 01:00am
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News DateFriday, October 15, 2010 07:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFlorida Republican congressional candidate Allen West’s fundraising machine continues to churn.

West, a retired Army officer and Iraq war veteran who is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Ron Klein, announced on Thursday that he had raised $1.6 million in third-quarter campaign funds — an astonishing sum that surpasses his $1.4 million second-quarter total.

The Republican has emerged as a fundraising powerhouse, raking in more than $5.4 million so far for his campaign. Klein, who has yet to announce his third-quarter figures, had raised $2.5 million though Aug. 4. West’s second-quarter takeaway was the highest of any GOP non-incumbent candidate so far.

In a statement announcing his haul, West noted that “over 97 percent of our donations have come from individual contributions." His campaign said the average contribution was about $78.
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