A political action committee aligned with Ben Carson will report hauling in $1.2 million since the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital started raising dough for the group, The Daily Caller has learned.
The American Legacy PAC plans to file papers with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday indicating they have raised the $1.2 million figure after two months of fundraising with Carson, PAC spokesman R.C. Hammond said.
Hammond said this is the first time the PAC has raised seven figures in one quarter; 26,000 people gave money at an average of $44 a donation.
Donations also came in from big GOP donors, including John Grundhofer, the former chairman of U.S. Bancorps.
Carson is chairman of the American Legacy PAC’s Save Our Healthcare Project.
He has also released seven healthcare reform “principles,” which the American Legacy PAC says will be developed into a Carson-backed alternative healthcare plan to Obamacare later this year.
Carson has been encouraged by some conservatives to run for president in 2016. He famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. He railed against the current political environment as President Obama sat just feet away.
In an upcoming book, Carson suggests he has no plans to run, but hints he would if he “felt called by God.”
“If I felt called by God to officially enter the world of politics, I certainly would not hesitate to do so,” he said.