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Rep. Richard Baker (R) is celebrating Mardi Gras in Washington, D.C., to raise money, which could be used for a Senate bid.

Baker is considering challenging Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) in 2008. His latest filing with the Federal Election Commission showed he needs to throw a few more parties to catch up and be financially competitive.

Baker began the year with less than $37,000 in the bank while Landrieu had a little more than $950,000 in her re-election account.

Baker is hosting a “Mardi Gras celebration” Thursday evening at 101 Constitution Ave. NW. Attendees paying $2,500 as a political action committee sponsor or $500 as an individual will be treated to a complimentary noon luncheon at Charlie Palmer Steak, which is on the building’s first floor.

Tickets for the reception only are $1,000 for PACs and $250 for individuals.
— Nicole Duran

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