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Congressional Fundraising

House and Senate candidates raised $985.4 million and spent $911.8 million through Nov. 22, according to the Federal Election Commission. [IMGCAP(1)]

The 2004 cycle’s fundraising figures represent an increase of 20 percent in receipts and 18 percent in spending over the comparable period in 2002.

Senate candidates participating in the 2004 general election registered a 32 percent increase — raising $371.6 million and spending $360.2 million.

House candidates competing in the general election raised 14 percent more than 2002 levels to a total of $613.8 million, while spending by these candidates totaled $551.7 million, up 10 percent.

The growth was found primarily among GOP candidates, whose fundraising increased by 24 percent since 2002. Democratic House candidates’ fundraising increased by a mere 3 percent.

Baskin in the Limelight. Investigative journalist Roberta Baskin will replace Chuck Lewis as executive director of the Center for Public Integrity.

Lewis, the founding executive director of the center, stepped down Dec. 31, 2004, after 15 years in the post.

Baskin previously served as a senior Washington correspondent for the PBS program “NOW With Bill Moyers” and as a senior producer for the ABC news magazine “20/20.” She also managed ABC’s “20/20” and “Primetime” Washington bureau staff and was chief investigative correspondent for CBS’ “48 Hours.”

New Chair. Democrat Gracia Hillman took the reins of the Election Assistance Commission on Monday.

Hillman is a former executive director of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. and served as EAC vice chairwoman during the agency’s first year.

Paul DeGregorio, a Republican appointee and a former director of elections for St. Louis County, Mo., will serve as vice chairman.

— Amy Keller

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