Politico's lobbying-and-fundraising tipsheet, Politico Influence, reports that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will help Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation raise money next week in Washington.
Politico reports that Rumsfeld is listed as a "special guest" for what it describes as a defense industry breakfast on Oct. 27. The fundraiser will be hosted by Buzz Hefti, a defense lobbyist and former Marine.
Another multimillion dollar campaign is underway for the seat held by Allen. Two Democrats are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in an effort to unseat West, and West himself continues to be one of the top fundraisers in Florida.
Democrat Patrick Murphy, a CPA, raised $314,351 over the past three months, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed this weekend. He has $741,976 in the bank. Former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel raised $417,872, according to the FEC. She has $883,714 in cash on hand.
West raised $1.9 million, but spent $1.4 million of that on expensive professional fundraisers and solicitation lists. So although he has raised $4.1 million so far this campaign season, he has only $1.8 million of that on hand, according to the FEC reports.