The Orlando Sentinel
By Scott Powers
4:07 p.m. EDT, May 19, 2010
Republican Marco Rubio's Senate candidacy in Florida has been buoyed by a U.S. senator from South Carolina who has showered Rubio with praise, contacts and an unprecedented amount of money.
Campaign-finance experts say they've never seen anything like Sen. Jim DeMint's efforts on behalf of Rubio.
DeMint, a Republican who has said he wants to surround himself with a nucleus of ideological conservatives in the Senate, has set up a personal political-action committee called the Senate Conservatives Fund to sponsor candidates. Rubio, a former Florida House speaker, has become a primary benefactor.
DeMint's fund, known as a congressional leadership PAC, has provided more than $103,000 in direct contributions and indirect fundraising expenses for Rubio through March 31, the most recent campaign finance reporting deadline.
DeMint's fund says it has raised an additional $240,000 in individual campaign contributions forwarded to Rubio's campaign, fueling his Senate bid with a total of $343,000 so far. That's about 1 of every 20 dollars of the $7 million that Rubio has raised so far for the race.
JG: The GOP and their associated right-wing conservative crowd will spend a "mint" from DeMint to buy the Florida U.S. Senate seat. Do not be confused or fooled, Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek both support the anti-Cuba agenda of the Miami Mafia. I will not vote for either one. There are alternatives: an independent candidate, a minor party candidate or write-in NOTA or leave your vote blank for that race, as your only way of protesting the two poor choices that Tweedledee and Tweedledum are giving the Florida voters.