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McCrery, Rogers And Sessions Re-launch CHOMP

A trio of prominent House Republicans re-launched their annual fundraising effort Tuesday to help the GOP regain its majority.

Reps. Jim McCrery of Louisiana, Mike Rogers of Michigan and Pete Sessions of Texas unveiled their third annual CHOMP program to raise campaign cash for Republican challengers.

Republicans have struggled to keep pace with House Democrats in fundraising this year after falling from power last fall. But the GOP still sees plenty of pick-up opportunities in some of those same seats they lost last year.

As evidence, the three powerhouse fundraisers included some of their former colleagues on the list of nine recipients: Jeb Bradley of New Hampshire, Melissa Hart of Pennsylvania and Jim Ryun of Kansas.

The program raised more than $1.4 million during the last election cycle, and the current harvest should give some of these Republicans a financial boost heading in to 2008.

“We hope to do what we did last year,” Rogers said. “This allows us to go on offense.”

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