Not yet a candidate, George Allen raises money like one
He may not be formally running for office at the moment, but former Sen. George Allen (R) posted impressive fundraising totals for the reporting period ending June 30.
According to records filed with the Federal Election Commission, Allen's political action committee Good Government for America collected $314,595 from April 1 to June 30. After spending $86,458 during the period, the committee ended the period with $252,074 in the bank.
The number is especially striking since donors to federal committees face a $5,000 limit on the size of their donations. Donors to state committees, which also faced reporting deadlines this week, give as much as they'd like.
Allen's political future is the focus of intense speculation in Virginia. Asked whether he might challenge Sen. Jim Webb (D) to regain the Senate seat Webb won from him in 2006, Alllen has repeatedly said "perhaps." He gave that answer as recently as Wednesday.
Fundraising was clearly a focus for Allen during the period, which overlapped with his tour to promote his new book, "What Washington Can Learn From the World of Sports." After all, the committee went into April with only $23,937 in the bank and hired a new fundraising firm in April.
Allen's committee gave some help to fellow Republicans. It made a $2,400 donation to Frank Wolf's reelection campaign and gave $5,000 gifts to Republican congressional challengers Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell and Morgan Griffith.
Allen's committee fundraising paled in comparison to potential future opponent Webb. Webb's candidate committee raised $688,356 between April and June, according to his FEC report. (For those wondering, Sen. Mark Warner (D) raised $560,000).
But the fundraising -- and other committee activities such as hosting an awfully campaign-like George Allen Web site, show the former senator and governor is certainly thinking about making that "perhaps" a "definitely." And the numbers show he's got plenty for friends in Virginia who'd like to see a comeback from the Macaca-marred 2006 campaign.
July 16, 2010; 11:28 AM ET
Categories: George F. Allen , James Webb , Rosalind Helderman
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