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Edwards Reports Increase in Campaign Cash
Edwards Reports Increase in Campaign Cash
Associated Press
Sunday, July 15, 2006

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Democrat John Edwards increased his cash on hand from April through June despite a drop in contributions for his presidential nomination campaign.

In his filing due Sunday, the Edwards campaign reported $12 million in the bank for the primary elections, an increase of more than $2 million over his cash on hand at the end of March.

Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina and 2004 vice presidential nominee, raised about $8.8 million for the primary from April through June; he also raised $250,000 for the general election, money he can't use unless he becomes the Democratic nominee.
Also Sunday, Edwards, launching an eight-state tour to highlight poverty, said America has a "moral responsibility" to help New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina.

"America needs to be there for New Orleans," Edwards told a small group of residents gathered at a charter school in the city's storm-ravaged Lower 9th Ward. "That's what it boils down to."

Before taking a short walking tour of the ward, he outlined a plan that includes a new Veterans Administration hospital downtown and a jobs program to help 50,000 New Orleans residents gain work skills.

"We are not the country of the Superdome in New Orleans after Katrina," the former North Carolina senator said. "We can do better. We have a moral responsibility to get New Orleans back on its feet."

This was Edwards' sixth trip to New Orleans, and seventh to Louisiana, since Katrina hit in August 2005, his campaign said. He was scheduled to return to the state Saturday for the Louisiana Democratic party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner.

On Monday, Edwards proceeds with the three-day tour to highlight poverty, a key focus of his campaign. New Orleans struggled with the problem years before Katrina. The tour is set to wind through eight Southern states.
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