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April 16, 2009

Burris raises $845

Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) has been busy in his first months in the Senate, but he hasn't spent any time at all raising money.

Burris’ campaign spokesman announced today the senator raised only $845 in the first quarter, and still holds more than $111,000 in debts defending himself against allegations of perjury. Burris’ nonexistent fundraising will make it extremely difficult for him to compete in a primary against much-better-funded opposition.

If he runs for election, Burris will be facing off in a primary against state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D), who raised more than $1.1 million in four weeks since forming an exploratory committee.

Meanwhile, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) will be making a decision whether to run for the Senate by month’s end — and he raised nearly $700,000 over the last three months.

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