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Clinton cleans up in Aspen

ASPEN ” Apparently, Hillary Clinton is starting to get a return on her time investment in Aspen.

The Democratic senator from New York, who held a fundraiser here in July, brought in $32,500 for her presidential campaign between July 1 and Sept. 30, federal records show.

That was good enough to top all other presidential candidates in their third-quarter Aspen fundraising efforts, including Democratic opponent Barrack Obama’s $19,168, and Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani, whose $26,000 put the former New York City mayor in the second spot. Democrat John Edwards came in fourth, raising $12,500 in Aspen.

Clinton’s Aspen funds represented 9.3 percent of the $349,523 she raised in Colorado during the third quarter.

The former first lady spent money here, too. A New York paper reported Wednesday that Clinton footed a $9,000 bill at Matsuhisa, the Aspen sushi restaurant ardent Clinton supporter Michael Goldberg owns.

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Likewise, Clinton’s third-quarter fundraising campaign in Aspen mirrored what is happening nationally: While Obama raised more money than Clinton locally and nationally during the first six months of the year, Clinton surged past the senator from Illinois in the third quarter.

Clinton received $27.3 million in the third quarter, while Obama reeled in $20.6 million, The Associated Press reported. Year to date, Clinton has raised $80.4 million, compared to $79.2 million for Obama. And in Aspen for the first six months, Obama raised $26,810, compared to Clinton’s $14,920. But Clinton’s third-quarter totals edged Obama’s in the Aspen race for cash, giving her $47,420, to his $45,978.

On the Republican side, the fundraising battle is nearly half as intense, at least from a dollars perspective.

Giuliani, who made a stop here in the third quarter, brought in $11.5 million of his $45 million for the year in the third quarter. Mitt Romney, who raised $8,400 in Aspen in the third quarter, generated $9.8 million in the third quarter and $44.8 million year to date, the AP reported.

Federal election laws allow individuals to give a maximum of $2,300 to a candidate in both the primary and general election campaigns.

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