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  Wesley Clark, Tapping Clinton Supporters, Surges in Fundraising
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Last EditedArmyDem  Nov 28, 2003 06:03pm
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News DateFriday, November 28, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionNov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark gained about $6 million for his campaign since Oct. 1 as he tapped into some of the same money raisers who supported former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton.

Clark is ``just under half way'' to his goal of raising $12 million in the current quarter, spokesman Matt Bennett told Bloomberg News. Rival Democratic candidates Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and Missouri Representative Richard Gephardt raised about $4 million each in the in the previous third quarter and haven't reported contributions for this quarter.

Financing for Clark's campaign has been bolstered by fund raisers with ties to the Clintons such as Alan Patricof, who headed Hillary Clinton's money raising for the 2000 election. Clark has enough to finance his campaign through the first state primary elections and possibly emerge as the main rival to former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, said Larry Sabato, Director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia.

``The goal of all the serious candidates, save Dean, is to become the anti-Dean,'' Sabato said. If Clark ``has enough money, he might be in a good position to continue the battle with Dean through February and into March.''
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