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Bubba’s a friendly guy

(Butch Comegys/AP)

But less noted is his behind the scenes work for his countless close friends running for office. And he’s got so many, many friends.

For example, we got an e-mail last week from Clinton with the shocking news that his “friend Manan Trivedi’s district is being bombarded with false attack ads from those GOP Super Pacs.”

So “donate $6 or whatever you can,” Clinton wrote, “so he can beat back Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers” and so on.

All the e-mails are pretty much identical. “You know I believe in arithmetic,” they start out, and “the numbers show Democrats are being outspent.” So open your checkbooks.

But some candidates don’t need as much as others. While his buddy Trivedi, who’s running in a re-match against Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) needs $6 from you, others, such as “my friend Dan Maffei” running for a seat he lost in 2010 in Syracuse to Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle or “my friend Suzan DelBene” in a tight race in Washington against John Koster or “my friend Patrick Murphy” running in Florida against Loop Favorite Rep. Allen West (R) only need three bucks.

That may seem like small change now, but when Hillary runs in 2016. . .

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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