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Jeb Bush raises twice as much as Marco Rubio, but Rubio has more cash on hand

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Jeb Bush’s campaign announced on Thursday that the GOP candidate raised $13.4 million in the past three months. That’s more than double the $6 million that fellow South Florida presidential candidate Marco Rubio raised in the third-quarter.

However, the Rubio camp is touting the fact its man currently has $11 million cash-on-hand. Bush has $10.3 million.

Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz wrote in a memo (as reported by The Wall Street Journal), “We knew from the start this was going to be a hard-fought and close race, but few could have anticipated just how volatile this field would be.”

The memo also referred to the prowess of Right to Rise, the Bush campaign’s main political action committee. Right to Rise has $33 million reserved for advertising in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. They are not allowed to coordinate with the Bush campaign.

Rubio’s fundraising numbers for the third quarter were announced last week. The campaign reports that they have $10,975,988.78 cash-on-hand, thanks to nearly 110,000 donations. Since launching in April, Rubio for President has raised $18,546,408.

In an effort perhaps to impress donors on how frugal the campaign is, the press release boasts about how Rubio’s latest FEC report “details the lengths his campaign went to save money in the third quarter.” They cite buying office furniture from Craigslist, taking over 300 UberX rides, and traveling on budget airlines, including Frontier, Southwest, Jet Blue and Spirit.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at [email protected]

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