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Clinton’s August fundraising spree: From Scranton to Cher

By Lisa Lerer, Julie Bykowicz Lisa Lerer and Julie Bykowicz Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Scranton isn’t a standard stop on the Democratic fundraising circuit. Yet Hillary Clinton put the working class Pennsylvania town on her itinerary – several times.

The Democratic presidential nominee and her family have made four visits to Scranton donors since launching her campaign last August, raising millions of dollars there.

“Last July, we were all pinching ourselves and saying it’s a once in a lifetime experience, but then she came back,” said Grace McGregor, whose parents hosted an event Monday at their home.

Clinton is leaving no fundraiser behind as she crisscrosses the country. She’s already been to 10 fundraisers this month, and some of the biggest events are yet to come. In fact, she is on track to top the $90 million she raised for her campaign and Democratic allies in July.

August has always been one of the best months to raise money because voters tend to be more focused on their summer vacations than politics, giving candidates time to woo donors.

Clinton got that memo.

Donors can rock out to Cher at a Cape Cod celebration Sunday and close out the month by dancing with Jimmy Buffett in the Hamptons.

“If we are not running scared until the day after the election, we are going to be making a grave mistake,” President Barack Obama warned donors on a balmy Monday evening in Martha’s Vineyard.

Although donors can give a maximum of $2,700 to the candidate’s campaign, they can give far more to the party through new accounts that Congress opened up.

At least five August events have hit the seven-figure benchmark.

Clinton’s labors on the fundraising circuit have kept her ahead of rival Donald Trump. But he unexpectedly came close to rivaling her haul in July, raising more than $80 million.

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