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Dodd: No Local Hero « The Washington Independent

Reporters seeking Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-Conn.) first quarter fundraising filings were met with silence for most of yesterday. Now we know why.

Though Dodd has already raised more than $1 million in 2009 — a handsome sum that places him well ahead of the Republicans he could face in next year’s election — only five individual donations came from Connecticut residents. From the Connecticut Post:

He took in $90,795 from Massachusetts residents, $81,550 from Texas, $56,150 from Maryland, and $53,400 from New York.

Dodd also collected $437,407 from political action committees, including two based in Connecticut that contributed $7,000. He took in $2,271 from individuals contributing less than $200 each.

A Quinnipiac University poll released earlier in the month found Dodd trailing former GOP Rep. Rob Simmons, the likely Republican nominee, by 16 points. None of this spells good things for the Democrats, who’ve got eyes on picking up Senate seats in 2010, not losing those that have been safe for decades.

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