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High Hopes for Hillary

Hillary Clinton's fundraiser in Miami Saturday will be the most successful ever by a Democratic candidate in Florida, predicts longtime money man Chris Korge.

The junior senator from New York - escorted by none other than her husband, Bill Clinton, the former president of the United States - are slated to attend back-to-back receptions at the homes of Korge and his next-door neighhoor, record producer and rapper Timbaland.

Korge says the event will top the roughly $500,000 collected for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson at a Biltmore Hotel dinner headlined by Bill Clinton in June.

"We've broken the record. We've got it in the bank,'' Korge said. "Our goal was $650,000 and I don't want to say yet what I think we're going to do.''

Donors can give a maximum of $4,600 each to beef up Clinton's grand total for the first three months of the year, but half of that amount must be socked away for the general election.

The 2008 election could be the first in which none of the major presidential candidates take advantage of the post-Watergate public financing system because it would curtail their spending.

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