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Clinton raises nearly $1 million at 3 NY fundraisers

Washington - Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton raised nearly $1 million at three fundraisers in New York, including one Monday evening at the Laurel Hollow home of Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs.

According to Clinton campaign aides, about 345 people paid $2,700 each to attend the three fundraisers, which began in Manhattan after lunch, continued in Flushing in the afternoon and ended on Long Island.

Jacobs, who is a friend of the Clintons a he traveled to Africa with Bill and Chelsea Clinton for their foundation work a said there was aa lot of enthusiasma among the 120 or so people who came to the event for the former secretary of state at his home.

He said Clinton met individually and posed for pictures with everyone, including his volunteers and the serving staff.

She spoke for about 20-25 minutes and took a few questions, he said. "Her message was very good," Jacobs said. "She finished very strong."

The fundraising events Monday were part of the "Hillstarters" program in which people are asked to raise $2,700 from each of 10 people. The campaign said it is limiting contributions to $2,700 each during 2015.

At the first event from 1-2:30 p.m., Silda Wall Spitzer, the ex-wife of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, hosted about 120 donors at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, in Manhattan. At the second event, from 3-4:30 p.m., Reps. Grace Meng and Joe Crowley hosted 115 people at Terrace on the Park in Flushing. She closed out at the home of Jacobs and his wife Mindy.

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