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Rubio PAC keeps stable of consultants

via @learyreports

WASHINGTON - Marco Rubio continues to spend money on longtime consultants while giving out a modest amount to candidates, campaign finance records show.

His Reclaim America PAC donated $11,000 to three candidates this year: $5,000 to Ohio Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel; $5,000 to Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch; and $1,000 for New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

The bulk of Rubio’s spending through June of this year, $75,000, went toward consultants, fundraising and travel.

Nearly $14,000 went to Clint Reed, who managed Rubio’s 2016 re-election campaign and is now his chief of staff. Longtime aide Todd Reid was paid $6,700 for "strategic consulting.” Something Else Strategies, the firm that includes Heath and Malorie Thompson and Todd Harris, was paid $16,000, also for consulting.

All told, Reclaim America PAC took in $121,000 from an array of PACs and individuals, including members of the Fanjul family and lobbyist Brian Ballard, and spent $86,000. The committee had $211,000 in the bank as of June 30.

Rubio’s primary campaign committee – established for a 2022 re-election effort – raised $754,000, including a $122,000 refund from Smart Media Group, an ad buying firm.

It spent about $800,000, and Something Else Strategies got a good chunk of that, $152,000 for media production and consulting. Another $30,000 went to Firehouse Strategies, the firm started by former Rubio spokesman Alex Conant and 2016 presidential campaign manager Terry Sullivan. Tens of thousands went toward digital advertising and direct mail.

The re-election committee had $135,000 cash on hand at the end of June and $379,000 in debt, according to FEC records.

--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times

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