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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Bill Clinton visits the 'burbs

WESTON

The man from Hope will be in Weston tonight.

Former President Bill Clinton, after attending a fundraiser for Deval Patrick and Tim Murray in Worcester, will head to the western suburbs tonight to raise more than $1 million for Democratic congressional campaigns.

Democratic fundraiser Alan Solomont said the event at his house will break fund-raising records, taking in up to $1.4 million. He said Democratic congressional leaders have told him that this is the biggest money event ever that has been held outside of Washington. House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi is showing up for the sit-down dinner.

Originally planning for no more than 60 people, Solomont has had to use a tent in his backyard to accommodate a crowd that has swelled to 150.

''We're turning people away,'' Solomont said. The tent had been originally set up for a Monday fund-raiser for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Patrick, where his campaign collected $200,000 in donations.

Earlier in the day, Clinton will appear in Worcester for a fundraiser and rally for Patrick and the lieutenant governor nominee, Murray. It is his second trip to the state this month, the Globe's Political Intelligence blog reports.

-- Frank Phillips

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(Bill Clinton at a fundraiser in Louisville, Ky., AP Photo by Ed Reinke)

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