Marco Rubio PAC Spends $47K on Water Bottles, Raises $652,480

The leadership PAC of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Reclaim America PAC, reported it raised more than $650,000 during the first three months of the year. The PAC received $430,940 from the Rubio Victory Committee, a joint fundraising committee, and $78,750 from PAC and other committees. Of the itemized donors, most came from Florida. Donors of interest included $20,000 from Nicole, Emila, Lourdes, and Jose Fanjul (executive, Florida Crystals); $10,000 from Martha and Dwight Schar (retired); Stephen Schwarzman (chairman & CEO, The Blackstone Group) $3,000; Richard Hohlt (president, Hohlt & Associates) $1,000; among others. For more than half of the itemized individual donors there was no employer or occupation reported, just the phrase "information requested." The Federal Election Commission will probably send an inquiry to the PAC, and the PAC will probably respond that they are trying. Although a large amount of funds were raised, the level of disclosure of the identification of donors in the report was disappointing. The PAC spent $83,803 on web development and online advertising; $47,484 on water bottles; and contributed $30,000 to the Senate Conservatives Action and $15,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.