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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand last year raised $2.2 million -- about half of it from New Yorkers -- for the “Off the Sidelines” political action committee that she set up to help Democratic women Congressional candidates run for office, the PAC reported to the Federal Election Commission last week.

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The PAC says so far it has contributed just $351,000 to 35 women. That leaves $984,754 in the bank at the start of a big mid-term election year this year, and that’s before she raises more money.

But Rutgers' Center for American Women and Politics predicts Gillibrand will have plenty of candidates to support in 2014: it projects about 200 women will run for Congress this year, about 130 of them Democrats.