Got $1M to run for Congress? Barrow rival is close

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Updated: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:15:26 EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Regardless of whether he wins election to Congress this fall, Augusta businessman and Republican Rick W. Allen is on the brink of joining an exclusive club in Georgia politics — candidates willing to spend $1 million of their own money seeking office.

Fundraising records filed in Allen's campaign to oust Democratic Rep. John Barrow show the GOP challenger has spent $949,961 of his own money running for Congress, from his first unsuccessful campaign in 2012 to his Republican primary victory in May. Allen owns a construction company that builds schools, hospitals and office buildings.

If his investment exceeds $1 million, Allen will join a small group of self-funding candidates to spend that much. They include Republican David Perdue, who has spent more than $3 million on his U.S. Senate race.

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