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As the second-quarter fund-raising period nears its close, several of the presidential candidates are heading to Pittsburgh to boost their closely watched coffers.

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., will be at the Rivers Club tomorrow for a $500-a-person event. Mr. Obama's chief rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is expected to be here before the end of the year, while former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to be in Pittsburgh next Wednesday for a fund-raiser at the Duquesne Club.

Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Obama were each here last year making appearances for the rival candidates in the U.S. Senate race. Mr. Giuliani made an All-Star week visit to raise money for former Sen. Rick Santorum, while Mr. Obama stopped by in the fall on behalf of Sen. Bob Casey Jr., the man who ousted the two-term Republican.

Ms. Clinton was the overall fund-raising leader among the Democrats in the first quarter reports, scorecards for what's been called the first unofficial primary -- money. But Mr. Obama had more small donations than the former first lady and there has been widespread speculation that he was on the way to outdistancing the New York senator in receipts from the April through June period.

As of yesterday, there was no firm date for a Pittsburgh appearance by Ms. Clinton, but David Matter, president of Oxford Development and a longtime friend of Ms. Clinton and former President Clinton, said he anticipated a fund-raising event to be scheduled before the end of the month.

According to an analysis of Federal Election Commission filings by the Center for Responsive Politics, Ms. Clinton was the early fund-raising leader in Pennsylvania. Her first-quarter reports show that she had raised $455,126 from state donors, a relatively small fraction of the $35 million she has collected nationwide. According to the center's breakdown, Mr. Obama had the second-largest total of Pennsylvania receipts, with $417,433. Former Sen. John Edwards has raised $354,485 in the state.

The largest Republican total from Pennsylvania, but only the fourth-highest overall, was the $267,600 raised by Mr. Giuliani. He was followed by U.S. Sen. John McCain, with $218,468, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with $106,800.

U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., had taken in the largest Democratic haul from the Pittsburgh metropolitan region, with $39,200 from Pittsburgh area ZIP codes. Mr. Romney was the top Republican on the local list, with $30,150.

They were followed by Mr. Edwards, with $27,950; Mr. Obama, $18,550; Mr. Giuliani, $19,550; Mrs. Clinton, $14,525; New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, $6,700; and Mr. McCain, with just $5,138 in Pittsburgh dollars collected during the first quarter of 2007.


Correction/Clarification: (Published June 21, 2007) It was reported incorrectly in this story as originally published on June 19 that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., was expected to appear in Pittsburgh for a fund-raising event sometime before the end of June. David Matter, president of Oxford Development, said the senator is expected before the end of the year but not before the end of the month.

Politics Editor James O'Toole can be reached at jotoole@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1562.


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