As of now, Sen. Rand Paul still has not decided whether 2016 will consist of a bid for the Oval Office or an attempt to retain his seat in the Senate. But Paul’s fundraising through June has raised plenty of money to kick start either plan by the time he needs to choose.
As the Courier Journal reports, Paul’s two main committees have raised a lot of money through the first six months of 2013 – and it’s a significant increase from Paul’s fundraising of previous years.
“The freshman Republican senator’s two main committees — Rand Paul for U.S. Senate 2016, and Reinventing a New Direction political action committee (RAND PAC) — raised $1.9 million during the first six months of this year, Federal Election Commission records show.
Though still less than the funding of two other possible Republican presidential candidates, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, Paul’s total nearly matches the $2.15 million raised by his committees in the two prior years combined.”
Paul has said that he will decide what course he will choose after the 2014 midterm elections – which, in case you need a reminder with all of the election coverage, is still a full year-plus away. But RAND PAC, whose stated mission is “to support and elect Pro-Liberty, Pro-Constitution candidates in Kentucky and across the country,” according to their website – is staying flexible.
According to RAND PAC’s Executive Director Doug Stafford on Courier Journal:
“If Rand Paul decides to run for president, he’s going to have the money to do it.”
What are your thoughts about the recent increase behind Sen. Rand Paul’s fundraising? Do you think he’ll run for President in 2016? Let us know!
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