Congressional Candidates Set $285M Fundraising Record
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Congressional Candidates Set $285M Fundraising Record

The Federal Election Commission announced Wednesday that congressional candidates raised a combined $285 million in the first half of 2011 — a new record for a six month period in a non-election year.
 
House candidates raised $151.6 million — a 15.6 percent increase over the same period in the 2010 cycle. Candidates for the Senate raised $103.1 million, a 10 percent increase over the last time the seats were contested in the 2006 cycle.
 
Political action committees played a major role in House fundraising — accounting for 44 percent of of donations. For Senate candidates, PACs brought in 17 percent of receipts.
 
Read the full report at the FEC.