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Allen West: "An exercise in fundraising"

The Sunlight Foundation highlights an interesting fundraiser for Broward Republican Rep. Allen West -- a run for campaign cash.

The site notes West's May 5 event "promises to start out like any other with an hour-long reception at the Capitol Hill Club, but after that the former Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army will be rallying his troops for a four mile run across the National Mall.

"All attendees of the event will receive a reception ticket and a runner ticket in exchange for making a donation. Those who give a generous gift of $2,500 will snag four reception and race tickets and earn the coveted 'Ironman' moniker. From there, as the contribution levels fall, so go the prestige of the titles. For a donation of $1,500, an attendee becomes a 'Marathoner'; for $1,000 a 'Jogger'; and at $500 attendees stop being human and become 'Treadmill."