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Clinton to fundraise with Pelosi in October

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Hillary Clinton is heading to San Francisco in October for a fundraiser with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) focused on House Democratic women candidates, The Hill has learned.

{mosads}A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide said the former secretary of State will join Pelosi in her home district this fall as part of Clinton’s midterm campaign tour. She’s also expected to headline fundraisers for the rest of the party’s major campaign committees, and will kick off her fall campaign schedule with an appearance at Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-Iowa) annual steak fry next month.

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) said Democrats are “thrilled and grateful” that Clinton plans to help the party as they fight to pick up seats in the House this fall.

“Secretary Clinton is an extraordinary force for our values and will relentlessly fight to jumpstart the middle class. We’re thrilled and grateful that she is lending her support to our shared goal of electing a Democratic House of Representatives that will put a stop to the endless cycle of dysfunction and shutdowns from this Republican Congress,” he said.

It’s unclear what candidates or lawmakers might join Clinton at the fundraiser, but Democrats have heavily promoted their female candidates as they seek to make Republicans’ records on women’s issues a problem for GOP candidates on the campaign trail.

Amanda Renteria, Rep. David Valadao’s (R-Calif.) Democratic opponent, and Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), both locked in tough races, are two potential California Democrats that could stand to benefit from the fundraiser, but the DCCC hasn’t yet solidified a guest list.

Though Clinton is one of Democrats’ most coveted campaign surrogates, she’s largely stayed away from electoral politics thus far this cycle, only hosting a fundraiser for a Pennsylvania Democratic House candidate who ultimately lost her primary bid.

But she’s ramping up her appearances on the trail this fall as she moves closer to making a decision on a presidential bid.

House Democrats are facing long odds in their pursuit of the 17 seats they’d need to take back the chamber this fall, but they’ve consistently outraised House Republicans and ended the month of July with nearly $9 million more cash on hand than the GOP committee, due in part to Pelosi’s prolific fundraising abilities.

The Clinton fundraiser is sure help continue that trend as they head into the final few weeks of the midterms. 

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