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  Burris fundraising total: $845
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Last EditedCOSDem  Apr 16, 2009 05:19pm
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News DateThursday, April 16, 2009 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionU.S. Senator Roland Burris, the controversial appointee to the seat once held by President Barack Obama, is holding his first campaign fundraiser since he took office this weekend—and the financial report he filed this week shows he could use some political donations.

Burris campaign officials on Thursday released a report showing the new senator raised only $845 from January through March and had $111,032 in debts from defending himself in ongoing ethics and perjury probes and travel.

Burris never has been a prolific fundraiser during his decades in politics. And his first three months on the job have been focused on a U.S. Senate Ethics Committee investigation and a Sangamon County perjury probe over his testimony before the Illinois House panel that recommended impeaching then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Blagojevich appointed Burris to succeed Obama after Blagojevich’s Dec. 9 arrest but before lawmakers removed him as governor.

Hosted by several Chicago aldermen, a state senator, and long-time supporters, Sunday’s fundraiser in Chicago is expected to attract about 50 to 100 potential donors, organizers said.
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