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House Republicans Get A Jump In Money Race

After a disastrous fundraising cycle in 2008, House Republicans are wasting little time in starting up the cash wheel in 2010.

In fact, they are wasting no time at all.

House Republican leaders, led by House Minority Leader John Boehner and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, will host a "Congressional Swearing-In" fundraising Reception on Jan. 6.

It's the Conference's first fundraising event of the new cycle.

"We're hitting the ground running," incoming NRCC Executive Director Guy Harrison said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon.

Sessions has identified fundraising as a top priority as he takes the helm of the committee. House Democrats outraised the NRCC by a four-to-one margin last cycle.

The Jan. 6 event, taking place just hours after lawmakers are sworn in, is an early - very early – step – in trying to beef up the committee's bank account. As it stands, the NRCC is $6.5 million in debt.

To attend the event, Sessions and Boehner are asking for checks in the amounts of $15,000 and $10,000.

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