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December 26th, 2008
02:48 PM ET

Clinton’s exit could leave fundraising hole for Dems

Senator Hillary Clinton

Senator Hillary Clinton

Kevin Bogardus
The Hill

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) move to the Department of State could remove a significant fundraiser for Democrats.

Clinton, whom President-elect Obama has nominated as secretary of State, has raised and contributed millions of dollars to candidates and party committees since her election in 2000, and the former first lady has never been shy in traveling around the country to lend her fame to fellow Democrats.

“If you were organizing an event with her, you know you can put a number next to her name because of her star power and network,” said Chris Lehane, a Democratic strategist. “Up until you had Obama, she was in a category all by herself.”

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