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Walsh Sets Fundraiser for Capitol Hill Hotel

Although he already has opened up a $100,000 cash-on-hand advantage over his likely Democratic challenger, Rep. Jim Walsh (R) is continuing to take nothing for granted in his quest for an 11th term.

Walsh has scheduled a breakfast fundraiser for Tuesday morning at the Phoenix Park Hotel on Capitol Hill. Political action committees are being asked to pay a minimum of $1,000 to attend, and the minimum ticket price for individual donors is $500.

Walsh, who retained his Syracuse-area seat by just 2 points in 2006, is expected to face a rematch with former Capitol Hill staffer Dan Maffei (D). Walsh raised $105,000 in the first three months of 2007 and banked $132,000 by the end of March.

Maffei, who raised no funds in the first quarter of the year and just formally announced his candidacy earlier this month, had $28,000 on hand. Walsh spent more than $1.7 million on his re-election bid, while Maffei spent almost $900,000 on his first political campaign.

— Josh Kurtz

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