Broun is top congressional campaign earner

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U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, has raised more money this year for his re-election campaign than any other Georgia congressman.

Broun has raised $662,000 so far this year, including $390,000 in April, May and June, according to campaign finance documents filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.

Broun still is paying bills and retiring debt from past races, spokeswoman Pepper Pennington said.

He struggled to raise money as an underdog in a 2007 special election and 2008 Republican primary. Since then, he's outpaced his colleagues - even those who, unlike him, are likely to face stiff opposition in 2010. Broun's Northeast Georgia district is considered safe for a Republican incumbent.

Broun went more than $370,000 into debt to win and defend his seat, including $214,000 of his own money he loaned to his campaign. The campaign has paid off $48,000 of debt and intends to pay the remainder, Pennington said.

Most of Broun's 578 contributors were individuals. The majority of his donations from political action committees came from medical associations, which gave the physician nearly $20,000. Broun has staunchly opposed Democrats' plans for health care reform.

Other than paying debts, most of Broun's $279,000 in spending during the second quarter of the year went toward fundraising expenses such as consulting and direct mail. He also reported spending $85.65 on his trademark pocket-size copies of the Constitution.

Broun had $151,000 on hand as of June 30.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/16/09 - 10:01 am
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He and his staff have been

He and his staff have been very helpful to our family in dealing with a problem with the Federal bureaucracy. I give him an A++ in constituent service!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/16/09 - 11:43 am
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If Broun goes bankrupt again

If Broun goes bankrupt again with all that money, we need to take away his checkbook.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/09 - 12:49 pm
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Broun has shown what a

Broun has shown what a conservative libertarian can do for the Repub party. I hope he continues to get good support.

noway
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noway 07/16/09 - 04:50 pm
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Of course Broun doesn't want

Of course Broun doesn't want healthcare reform! He was/is a doctor. He doesn't care that the insurance companies and the healthcare system are ripping off people, fleecing America, to the benefit of doctor's pocketbooks. Heaven forbid they turn off the faucet of money going to doctors. He doesn't care about the general population of Americans, he only cares about the rich. And the people that follow him and his cronies, don't even realize that the policies of the republicans HURT the majority of Americans. Broun is a moron who can't manage his OWN money, let alone the country's, but people still vote for him. Wow - the logic. And LCC, we don't hate Broun or Palin, those are only words republicans use because you have so much hate in your heart. You know, the good "Christians" you are...

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/09 - 07:37 pm
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NO thinking American wants

NO thinking American wants socialized medicine, especially when it's called health care reform. Look in every country with it and see how many Americans are rushing to those countries and how many are rushing to America from those countries.

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