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Congressman asks Brooks, Aderholt to stop campaigning

A Florida congressman has declared the month "Fundraising Free Friday" and challenges colleagues to focus on the current session. (Source: AP Graphics/Raycom Media) A Florida congressman has declared the month "Fundraising Free Friday" and challenges colleagues to focus on the current session. (Source: AP Graphics/Raycom Media)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A South Florida congressman has issued a challenge to his colleagues in Washington.

He sent letters to every member, including, Representatives Mo Brooks and Robert Aderholt in Alabama. 

He's declared this month "Fundraising Free February." He wants the Congressmen to focus on this current session, instead of their campaign pocketbooks.

When your congressman heads to Washington D.C., it's not all about passing laws. The time spent in the nation's capital is important for fundraising.

This happens through events like lunches, dinners, even professional basketball and hockey games.

We looked into the numbers. and we're talking thousands of dollars being raised on a daily basis.

According to the Federal Election Commission, during the first 90 days of the 1st quarter of 2014, Aderholt brought in $124,150. 

That breaks down to more than $1,300 campaign dollars a day.

Brooks brought in even more, at $181,669, breaking down to more than $2,000 campaign dollars a day.

Representative Ted Deutch, who issued this challenge, says members of Congress spend so much time raising money, it leaves them little time to develop relationships and build trust so they can work together on legislation.

No word on how many Representatives will take on this challenge.

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