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McCollum Raises ‘About’ $1 Million in Last Quarter

Republican gubernatorial contender Bill McCollum said Wednesday he raised about $1 million over the past three months – backed by a $4 million fund-raising quarter by the state party.

The GOP cash totals were revealed a few days after Democrat Alex Sink said she raised $1.6 million in the quarter that ended Sept. 30, while the Florida Democratic Party collected $2.5 million, its best third quarter in history.

Sink’s campaign said she has $3.6 million cash-on-hand. No such numbers were immediately available for McCollum, and campaign finance reports have not yet been posted on the Secretary of State’s Web site.

But in an E-mail Wednesday to contributors, McCollum campaign manager Matt Williams said, “What’s particularly encouraging is that our collective focus this past quarter on party building for the benefit of all Republican candidates has been a tremendous success.”

It’s clear, however, that McCollum is likely to prove the biggest beneficiary of this Florida GOP money. For his part, Republican Chairman Jim Greer also used the fund-raising announcement to urge more donations aimed at “actively opposing President Obama’s radical approach to government’s role in our daily lives.”

Contributors can give more to the party than to individual candidates.

Greer also took a moment to deliver atta-boys – including one for himself.

“This financial support also reaffirms the unwaving support of Gov. Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum and myself in leading our party to victory in 2010,” Greer told supporters in an e-mail.

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