Bentley Finds Fundraising Easier as Incumbent

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Montgomery, Alabama Robert Bentley is finding that raising campaign money as an incumbent governor is much easier than doing it as a state representative seeking statewide office for the first time.

Bentley filed a campaign finance report Tuesday night showing he took in $422,500 in contributions in his first month of fundraising for his re-election campaign. He had raised about $15,500 at the same point four years ago, when he was a little-known state representative from Tuscaloosa running in the Republican primary with six other candidates.

Campaign spokeswoman Rebekah Mason said Bentley generated the money without any major fundraising events. She said it's an indication that voters like how he has recruited jobs and downsized government without raising taxes.