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Moynihan Cancels Fund-Raising ‘Birthday Bash’

<i> Associated Press</i>

In a bow toward campaign finance reform, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan canceled his 70th “birthday bash,” a gala to kick off his efforts to raise millions of dollars for his next Senate race.

Invitations had gone to 4,000 Moynihan supporters for a $1,000-a-plate dinner and reception March 10 in the Rainbow Room atop New York’s Rockefeller Center.

“However, in view of the current discussions of campaign finance reform, which I favor, I think it would be best to postpone the bash,” Moynihan said in a letter mailed Wednesday. “Let us hope there will be some reform.”

The letter was first reported Thursday in the New York Times.

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Moynihan last week became the first Senate Democrat to call for an independent investigation into fund-raising practices of both the Democratic and Republican parties.

He left open the possibility the birthday bash might be rescheduled at a later date.

Moynihan, who turns 70 on March 16, was last elected in 1994. He has said he’ll seek a fourth six-year term in 2000. He spent $6 million on the last campaign and it has been estimated he will need as much as $10 million next time.


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