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Clinton Fundraisers Expected to Bring in $325,000

Clinton Fundraisers Expected to Bring in $325,000



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton is expected to raise $325,000 for his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton, during a fundraising trip to Utah on Sunday.

Fundraising events at a home in the ski resort town Park City and at the University of Utah are both sold out. They were organized after Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., canceled an October event planned for Utah because of a scheduling conflict.

Most of the money Bill Clinton is collecting will come from the Park City fundraiser, which requires a minimum donation of $500 to attend.

Another 1,500 people will hear Bill Clinton speak for $50 in the University of Utah's student union ballroom after the Park City event.

These are the first Utah fundraising events for Hillary Clinton. Her Democratic rivals, including New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former N.C. Sen. John Edwards, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut have already held fundraisers in Utah.

Obama attracted hundreds of supporters to a hastily organized free rally last August held near Park City.

Through the last federal campaign reporting period, which ended Sept. 30, Obama had raised $227,500 from Utahns, the most money of any Democrat. Hillary Clinton was next, with just over $103,000, followed by Edwards with more than $94,000.

But in Republican-dominated Utah, it's a GOP presidential candidate who's raked in the most money from the state's residents. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, who ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, has collected about $5 million from Utahns, including nearly $1.2 million in the past three months.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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