U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia raises $460K during first quarter of 2014

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia’s campaign announced significant fundraising numbers on Monday, raising $460,000 in the first quarter of 2014.

This gives the Miami Beach Democrat $2.2 million in contributions so far in his re-election effort. Cash on hand numbers are pending.

“I am proud that the vast majority of these contributions were from individual Floridians who share my commitment to fighting for South Florida values like strengthening Medicare, supporting businesses that create jobs and reforming our broken immigration system,” Garcia said.  He called the fundraising strength “a clear sign” that his message is connecting with voters.

According to a statement released by his campaign, nearly 70 percent of Garcia’s 1Q donations originated in Florida, with 9 out of 10 coming from individuals and 40 percent less than $100.

Garcia has served the newly drawn Florida’s 26th Congressional District since 2013, covering most of Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys.


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