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Ex-Bush Officials to Fundraise for Griffin in Ark.

Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) is sticking to his current non-fundraising pledge, while his Republican opponent is building his campaign warchest with the help of two heavy-hitters from the George W. Bush administration.

Former White House assistant Mary Matalin and former White House counsel Ed Gillespie — who also served as chairman of the Republican National Committee — will hold separate fundraisers on Dec. 7 in Little Rock for attorney Tim Griffin.

The Matalin event is a $250 per-ticket luncheon; Gillespie will hold a business roundtable discussion which will cost $1,000 per ticket.

The two events are an example of how Griffin — a former White House special assistant who also worked at the Republican National Committee –‘is making use of his national party connections in his congressional bid.

Griffin raked in $130,000 for his campaign in less than two weeks before the Sept. 30 Federal Election Commission filing deadline. Meanwhile, Snyder continues to sit on less than $8,000 in cash on hand and doesn’t intend to start raising money until after the first of the year.

This week, the National Republican Congressional Committee –‘which is hoping to move the conservative Little Rock-based 2nd District into their column next year — is targeting Snyder in a new ad attacking him for his vote in favor of the House version of the controversial health care bill.

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