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Pro-Marco Rubio super PAC reports $14M haul, including $1M from Norman Braman

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Conservative Solutions PAC, which is backing Marco Rubio's presidential candidacy, reported Sunday nearly $14.4 million in contributions in the last six months of 2016, thanks to several sizable contributions from wealthy donors. Nearly $14 million remains in the bank.

Miami auto magnate Norman Braman, who had already given $5 million to the super PAC in the first half of the year, gave another $1 million two days before Christmas. And his donation wasn't the biggest one.

Billionaire investor Paul Singer of New York and billionaire hedge-fund manager Kenneth Griffin of Chicago (Illinois' richest man) contributed $2.5 million each. Three other donors -- hedge-fund manager Cliff Asness of New York, businessman David Humphreys of Missouri and investor Mary M. Spencer of Key Biscayne -- gave $1 million each.

The year-end report brings the group's total haul last year to more than $30 million, which Conservative Solutions boasted as a strong showing "that allowed us to fully fund our campaigns in Iowa and New Hampshire, so much so that we were able to go up on TV a month earlier than originally planned," spokesman Jeff Sadosky said in a statement.

The group also has ads running in South Carolina and plans to debut ads starting Monday in Nevada, according to Sadosky.

The total is about a third of the more than $100 million the pro-Jeb Bush super PAC, Right to Rise USA, raked in by June 30. But Right to Rise has also far outspent the pro-Rubio effort -- in large part by attacking the Florida senator.

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