Allen West Spent Almost a Million Dollars on Mail This Year

Yesterday, we brought you the details of Allen West's 2012 campaign contributions -- how he's pulled in more than $1.8 million between January and the end of March, with more than half of contributions from donors giving over $200 coming from outside the state.

He has $3,334,632 left in his war chest after spending more than $1.2 million in that same time frame.

And, for another quarter, a large chunk of that cash -- 78 percent this time -- was spent on supporting that glaring example of American socialism, the United States Post Office.

West spent $123,000 on stamps over the past three months and more than $750,000 on direct-mail services, according to the documents. His biggest line-item expense was $207,758.61, paid to a Georgia-based company called Capitol Hill Lists to rent a mailing list that must have been quite long.
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Other interesting campaign costs: 
--$153.63 on his entry fees for the Fort Lauderdale Half-Marathon and a February 10k race at Florida Atlantic University.

--$1,653.50 for flights and lodging to fundraisers in Nebraska and Minneapolis. The guy gets around.

--$1,800 for "media monitoring service," sent to Connecticut-based company TVEyes, which bills itself "the leading search engine for TV & radio." The New York Times' Brian Stelter described the services as "a virtual DVR for every channel, every city, at every hour of the day."

Notably missing so far? Any mention of TV production or airtime. He did spend $12,115 for radio ads that ran between March 26 and April 8, but the rest of his outreach was either of the online or paper variety.

Here are the rest of his expenses:

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