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Speaking of the Clintons...

Continuing with today's Clinton theme, The Fix just got word of a fundraiser that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted a few weeks back to benefit the Democratic National Committee.

The event took place at the Clintons' D.C. home (known among Hillary's circle as "Whitehaven") on July 12 and raised $600,000 for the DNC. Roughly 150 people turned out for the event, including DNC Chairman Howard Dean, uber donors Elizabeth Bagley and Dan Leeds, DNC vice chair Susie Turnbull and former Little Rock (Ark.) Mayor Lottie Shackleford.

"Senator Clinton was thrilled to help Howard Dean and the DNC in its mission of helping Democrats take back Congress," said Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson.

The event for the DNC came a few months after former president Bill Clinton hosted a New York City event DNC that collected $1.5 million for the DNC.

"Governor Dean is grateful for their support," said DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney. "They enjoy a good working relationship." Dean speaks on a regular basis to both of the Clintons, Finney added.

While the Clintons were surely closer to the former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe (he will surely be one of the financial building blocks of a 2008 Hillary campaign), the events for Dean's DNC show -- again -- how they are playing all the angles in the long run-up to the next presidential primary season.

Need another example of the Clintons working as a team? Bill Clinton will be in Iowa on Oct. 14 to headline the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner. Since Sen. Clinton and her aides continue to maintain she is totally focused on winning reelection in New York this November, she simply can't travel to Iowa without causing a stir of massive proportions. But her husband can go with less fanfare and serve as her surrogate.

Watch the former president's travel schedule over the last few months of the '06 campaign to see if he makes any stops in other crucial early primary/caucus states like New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 26, 2006; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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