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Hillary Aide Starts Emergency Fund to Defeat GOP

Thursday, 14 September 2006 12:00 AM

Harold M. Ickes, a top aide to former President Bill Clinton and an adviser to Hillary Clinton, has spearheaded the launch of an ad hoc organization called the September Fund to solicit contributions to help Democratic candidates win in November.

Ickes and his allies have formed this emergency committee in an effort to raise and spend as much as $25 million to influence crucial Congressional races and other campaigns and ballot initiatives at the federal and state level, according to the New York Times.

Ickes – who strategized Hillary's first Senate campaign – was an organizer of several groups that raised more than $200 million from wealthy liberals and labor unions in 2004 in an effort to defeat President Bush.

Now Ickes is soliciting many of the same donors in hopes that a surge of spending in the fall campaign's final weeks will ensure Democratic gains in Congress.

Ickes has already contacted billionaire financier George Soros, who gave Democratic committees more than $25 million in 2004. Spokesman Michael Vachon said Soros was considering a donation.

Ickes became concerned in late August that Republicans had $80 million more than Democrats to spend on fall races, and feared a late barrage of negative advertising that could torpedo Democratic candidates in close races, according to the Times.

The move ruffled feathers at the Democratic National Committee, and Chairman Howard Dean's spokesperson told the Washington Post at the time: "Building this voter file is part of our job."

Leaders of the September Fund include Karen Ackerman, the political director of the AFL-CIO; retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark, a 2004 Democratic presidential candidate; and Nick Baldick, who managed the presidential campaign of former Senator John Edwards.

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