After raising a half-million dollars in last quarter, Rand Paul ramps up fundraising with Louisville event

11/04/2013 02:03 PM

Even though he’s not the next Kentucky U.S. senator up for re-election, Rand Paul is getting a Mitch McConnell-like head start on his fundraising punctuated by a major event in Louisville Nov. 15.

Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Cathy Bailey, the former U.S. ambassador to Latvia, are serving as honorary co-chairs of the event at the Gheens Foundation Lodge for the Rand Paul Victory Committee, a joint fundraising committee.

The Victory Committee pumps money into Paul’s 2016 U.S. Senate re-election fund. But it also can collect money for Paul’s leadership PAC, especially for donors who max out to 2016 election fund. The maximum contribution to a federal candidate is $2,600 in the primary and $2,600 for the general election.

The event is expected to be among the biggest Paul has had in Kentucky since his election in 2010.

In the last quarter, Paul raised $521,554 for his 2016 re-election campaign. He has more than $1.2 million on hand and has raised $1.6 million so far, according to his latest report with the Federal Election Commission . And RAND PAC, according to the PAC’s midyear report, had collected nearly $1 million by July.

The Nov. 15 fundraiser allows Paul to collect money from Kentuckians before McConnell’s re-election race dominates the attention and the donors checkbooks even more than it already has. And it also reveals how Paul has adopted the McConnell approach to fundraising — collecting money early and often.

When asked for comment about the event, one of it’s co-chairs, Jonathan Duke, said the early level of enthusiasm has been “inspiring.”

“Our success is due in large part to Rand Paul having emerged as a bright star and leader on the national stage for the Republican Party,” Duke said.


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