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Rand Paul raises $2.5 million for presidential campaign

 

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks in Bowling Green, Ky. Jeb Bush went to Detroit and talked about leveling the playing field. Marco Rubio wrote a book about helping the working class. Rand Paul wants to expand the Republican Party beyond its traditional base. Yet all three presidential candidates have released tax proposals that would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest. Democrats say it's proof that the GOP's eventual nominee will mainly try to help the rich. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

FILE – In this Aug. 10, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks in Bowling Green, Ky. Jeb Bush went to Detroit and talked about leveling the playing field. Marco Rubio wrote a book about helping the working class. Rand Paul wants to expand the Republican Party beyond its traditional base. Yet all three presidential candidates have released tax proposals that would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest. Democrats say it’s proof that the GOP’s eventual nominee will mainly try to help the rich. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has raised $2.5 million over the last three months for his Republican presidential bid.

Spokesman Sergio Gor confirmed Paul’s fundraising haul Thursday, October 1, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. He says Paul has $2 million in the bank after paying expenses.

The quarterly figures mark a practical and symbolic measure of strength for all presidential campaigns.

Paul’s $2.5 million represents a decline from the $6.9 million he raised over the first three months of his campaign. By comparison, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson raised more than $20 million in the last quarter.

Gor says there’s been “an uptick across all fronts” recently. The campaign raised $750,000 over the last two weeks alone, he said.

Gor says that with $2 million cash on hand, “we’re not going anywhere.”

 

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