Connie Mack Campaign hires-on veteran DC fundraisers (probably to help pay his bill at Brooks Brothers)

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After raising half of what Bill Nelso did in the second quarter, Rep. Connie Mack has hired veteran Washington, D.C., fundraisers in an effort to bolster his Senate prospects.

Mack is hoping to capitalize on recent polls that have shown him running competitive with Sen. Bill Nelson. According to Republican sources via Roll Call, Mack, at the urging of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has hired well-known fundraisers Jim McCray to handle his national fundraising and Michael Gula and Jonathan Graham of the Gula Graham Group to run his political action committee fundraising.

Mack certainly needs all of the fundraising help he can find. Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times reports Mack’s campaign charged nearly $470 for clothing at a Brooks Brothers in Jacksonville, FEC records show, an apparent violation of law.

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