Political Coffers Wide Open for Next Few Weeks

Political Coffers Wide Open for Next Few Weeks

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- This is the time of year that political fundraising gears up in Utah.

Because state law prohibits campaign contributions while the Legislature is in session, the next two weeks will be stuffed with high-priced fund-raisers aimed at special interests.

It's a black tie affair tomorrow night for Governor Jon Huntsman Junior. Organizers expect about 600 in attendance for the invitation-only gala.

At $250 per ticket, that would haul in 150-thousand dollars.

The state Senate Republican's "leadership breakfast" on Monday is open to the public, but a plate will cost you 125 dollars.

Democrats have also joined the fund-raising bonanza, collecting 10-thousand dollars Monday at a Park City fund-raiser headlined by Howard Dean.

Tickets for their annual legislative ball on January 15th cost 200 dollars apiece.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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