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Jim DeMint helps bankroll Marco Rubio’s U.S. Senate run

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Campaign-finance experts say they’ve never seen anything like U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint’s efforts on behalf of Marco Rubio.

DeMint, a Republican who has said he wants to surround himself with a nucleus of ideological conservatives in the U.S. Senate, has set up a personal political-action committee called the Senate Conservatives Fund to sponsor candidates. Rubio, a former Florida House speaker, has become a primary benefactor. Continue reading here.

DeMint’s fund, known as a congressional leadership PAC, has provided more than $103,000 in direct contributions and indirect fundraising expenses for Rubio through March 31, the most recent campaign finance reporting deadline.

DeMint’s fund says it has raised an additional $240,000 in individual campaign contributions forwarded to Rubio’s campaign, fueling his Senate bid with a total of $343,000 so far. That’s about 1 of every 20 dollars of the $7 million that Rubio has raised so far for the race.

“This is amazing,” said Craig Holman, legislative representative for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan but liberal government-watchdog group. “This is a full-fledged campaign organization that this leadership PAC has become.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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