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Associated Press, Published June 23 2009

National GOP devotes $938K to Coleman fight

ST. PAUL - The fundraising committee for Senate Republicans has invested heavily in Norm Coleman's ongoing battle in Minnesota, including about $938,000 last month alone.

A new campaign report from the National Republican Senatorial Committee shows it paid almost $600,000 in legal bills for the former senator and gave home-state Republicans $300,000 toward the effort.

Coleman is awaiting word from Minnesota's Supreme Court on whether Democrat Al Franken's 312-vote lead will stand. The race has languished nearly eight months beyond Election Day.

The NRSC raised about $250,000 in May toward the Minnesota recount, mostly in $30,000 checks.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee didn't itemize its Minnesota-related expenses. That committee reported raising $282,000 in contributions earmarked for the recount.

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