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New York: Country Gal Visits City to Rake in Big Bucks

Freshman Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), whose fundraising prowess is already well-established, is getting help from several prominent Democrats for three upcoming fundraisers in New York City.

First reported on a New York Daily News political blog, Gillibrand is bringing Reps. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) for a June 23 luncheon at the Park Avenue home of businesswoman Jane Hartley. Ticket prices for the event, billed as a “Conversation With Women of the House,” begin at $250.

A week later, Gillibrand will convene a conversation on the future of the U.S. economy and bring in House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.). The luncheon is at the Citigroup Center in midtown Manhattan. Ticket prices start at $500.

That night, Gillibrand will appear with New York Gov. David Paterson (D) and CNN commentator/Democratic strategist Paul Begala at a fundraiser at the Fifth Avenue home of Bernard Schwartz, a wealthy investor and former aerospace entrepreneur. Ticket prices for the dinner start at $500.

Because she represents an upstate district, Gillibrand’s fundraising more than 100 miles south of the district is sure to bring criticism from Republicans. In 2006, the GOP tried to take political advantage of the fact that Gillibrand had worked as a lawyer in New York City and owned an apartment there, though she grew up in the Albany area.

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