Tea party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) pulled in a whopping $1.9 million in the third quarter from more than 42,000 contributions, his campaign said. It’s a jarring number for a freshman Member in an nonelection year and likely a result of West’s national profile and frequent cable television appearances.
His two potential Democratic opponents have also raked in substantial sums in the usually lackluster July-to-September quarter, with businessman Patrick Murphy raising $313,000 and former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel bringing in more than $415,000.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.