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Freshman House member Carlos Curbelo near the top in raising funds


Freshman U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida has only been in Congress a little more than six months but his fundraising to date puts him near the top of all House members, federal campaign finance records show.

Curbelo, a Kendall Republican who beat a sitting Democrat in the 2014 election, has raised more money in the first half of the year than hundreds of his more-senior colleagues.

His district, which extends from southwest Miami-Dade County to Key West, already has a declared Democratic challenger – Annette Taddeo – and the two of them combined have raised more than all but about 20 districts nationwide.

The data from the Federal Election Commission reflect campaign activity from the first half of the year, through June 30. The reports were generally filed by members of Congress and their challengers last week.

Of about 600 House members or their challengers, Curbelo’s total receipts from the first half of the year put in him the Top 10.

The top fundraisers were House leaders such as Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. All of those national figures pulled in more than $2 million in the first half of the year, FEC records show.

Curbelo’s total was $1.2 million, which included both individual and political action committee donations.

That level for a freshman congressman is unusual – but could represent the wave of the future.

More here.