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Blunt top recipient of out-of-state contributions

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U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, who handily won the election in Missouri to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, ranks first among U.S. House incumbents nationally to raise money from out-of-state contributors this election cycle.

U.S. Rep Roy Blunt campaigning in St. Louis with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in late September

The Republican from Springfield, Missouri raised 47.7 percent of his total funds itemized from individuals, or $2.5 million from out of state, research from the Center for Responsive Politics shows.

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, ranks second. He raised $2.3 million from out-of-state contributors, or 35.2 percent of his total funds. U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, a Democrat from Florida, places third, raising $1.8 million or 37.4 percent.

Blunt places third among U.S. House incumbents for contribution within their states. He raised $2.8 million, or 52.3 percent of total itemized contributions from individuals. Meek raised $3 million or 62.6 percent. Placing first, Kirk raised $4.3 million or 64.8 percent of his total funds from within Illinois.

Blunt raised a total of $10.9 million this election cycle, according to research from the Center for Responsive Politics. The total amount raised includes funds from campaign committees and political action committees.

Blunt won with 54.3 percent of the vote. Blunt’s challenger, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, raised $9.6 million during this election cycle, according to research from the Center for Responsive Politics.

The Washington D.C.-based nonpartisan group gathered the data from the Federal Election Commission.

By Brian R. Hookbrhook@missouriwatchdog.org, (314) 482-7944

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