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Pro-Marco Rubio super PAC brings in $1.1 M over 19 days

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A super PAC supporting Marco Rubio’s re-election to the U.S. Senate raised more than $1.1 million in the first three weeks of October.

Newly filed campaign finance reports show Florida First Project’s biggest donor for the month was Jupiter businessman Lawrence DeGeorge, who chipped in $500,000 to the committee, with an additional $500,000 coming Conservative Solutions, an organization tied to DeGeorge that supported Rubio’s run for the presidency.

Ohio coal company Murray Energy Corporation also pitched in $38,000, and Jacksonville tobacco company Swisher International wrote a check for $25,000.

Florida First Project has raised more than $3.4 million in total since its launch back in April; as of Oct. 19, the committee had about $1.5 million on hand.

The committee spent about $1.2 million of its reserves on a media buy Oct. 25 through Los Angeles-based Target Enterprises, with another $14,000 heading to strategist Chris Mottola for consulting work.

Rubio faces U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy on Election Day. Recent polls have shown the race tightening up, though Rubio maintains a slim lead over his Democratic rival.

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