Republican Congress Candidates Raising Last Minute Campaign Money

Reported by: Alyssa Meisner
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Updated: 4/16/2014 10:45 pm
With the primaries just over six weeks away, candidates are getting down to crunch time. The Palazzo campaign released a report Wednesday saying that in the race for U.S. Congress, dollars may matter. According to the report, incumbent, Steven Palazzo, is out raising previous congressman, Gene Taylor, nine to one. Pac money has played a political role thus far as about half of Palazzo's funds come from pac money, but Taylor has focused on mostly individual donations.

Palazzo says, “When you're in business, and I come from a small business background, if you like a product, you like a service, you're willing to pay for it, and I think people across south Mississippi see this as being a good investment to continue to sending me to Washington D.C. to fight for them and their families.”

Taylor says, “Well remember, we've been campaigning roughly for three weeks, and in three weeks, we've raised over $100,000. I think that's great. Quite frankly, he's done absolutely nothing for south Mississippi but lose planes at Keesler Air Force Base, vote to raise our flood insurance rates, vote with Nancy Pelosi to cut the defense budget by $490 billion, but he did find time to raise money for himself.” According to the Palazzo report, Palazzo has raised $403,000 and Taylor has raised $49,000. Both will continue to raise money until the primaries.

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