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The Lid: Hillary Clinton’s Lucrative August

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Hillary Clinton spent much of August hobnobbing with celebrities and other wealthy folks at political fundraisers. And the gatherings weren't just about the guests enjoying what we're sure were tiny and trendy hors-d'oeuvres, folks. Clinton's campaign got to trumpet the fruits of its labors today, announcing a total fundraising haul of a whopping $143 million for her campaign and for the party. That's a giant number -- her best month yet and a boost of more than $50 million over July's cash cow. She'll now enter September with $68 million in the bank for her campaign. And/but it's worth noting: While Clinton's total fundraising is way up, her numbers for her campaign itself are flat -- about $62 million in August compared to $63 million in July. The big jump is how much cash Clinton raised for the party, pulling in $81 million for Dems in August outside of what she raised for her own coffers, compared to just $26 million the previous month.

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