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Clinton on blitz to post big fundraising number next week; holds party at home of ‘Barbarians at the Gate’ financier.

Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton is mounting an intense press to stockpile campaign dollars in the final days of the quarter, aiming to build a war chest big enough to eclipse what is expected to be a healthy fundraising haul by Sen. The US Defense Department has found an email chain that Hillary Clinton did not give to the State Department, it said on Friday, despite her saying she had provided all work emails from her time as secretary of state. The correspondence with General David Petraeus, who was commander of US Central Command at the time, started shortly before she entered office and continued during her first days as the top US diplomat in January and February of 2009. The disclosure adds to the questions related to the Democratic presidential front-runner’s unusual usage of a private email account and server while in government.

Clinton attended five fundraising parties in and just outside New York City on Thursday and Friday, including one at the home of the wealthy corporate take-over chieftain who was a model for the Wall Street procedural “Barbarians at the Gate.” There were also events in Baton Rouge, Little Rock and Dallas in recent days, and more such events planned early next week. But on a conference call Friday with her campaign’s top fundraisers, campaign manager Robby Mook said the finance operation is hitting all its goals, including for both low-dollar online contributions and $2,700 max-out donations, according to a person on the call. News of the previously undisclosed email thread only adds to a steady stream of revelations about the emails in the past six months, which have forced Clinton to revise her account of the setup which she first gave in March. Slipping badly in polls conducted in the crucial early-voting states where she has spent the most time and money, Clinton seeks a big, attention-getting number that underscores her overall front-runner status and reassures nervous supporters.

She also needs the money: She has committed to spend $4.1 million on television advertising this fall, on top of $2 million already spent in Iowa and New Hampshire. Jamal Ware, spokesman for the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which wants all Clinton emails concerning the 2012 attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, said the committee would not have a detailed comment until it had received and reviewed the emails. “If indeed this is a sign the stonewalling and political protection effort that was previously being run by the (State) Department is diminishing, the committee welcomes it,” he said. “The proof will be in the production.” Clinton apologized this month for her email setup, saying it was unwise. Speaking of her emails on CBS’ “Face the Nation” this week, Clinton said, “We provided all of them.” But the FBI and several congressional committees are investigating. A big fundraising number this quarter would be a signal to Sanders, as well as to potential candidate Vice President Biden, that Clinton is containing the damage from her use of a personal e-mail system for government work, supporters said.

Several supporters who discussed Sanders spoke on the condition of anonymity because the campaign has discouraged talk that could divide the Democratic liberal primary base. She did not hand over another 30,000 emails from the period that she deemed personal and said she chose “not to keep.” The emails with Petraeus also appear to contradict the claim by Clinton’s campaign that she used a private BlackBerry email account for her first two months at the department before setting up her account in March 2009.

But by Jan. 28 — a week after her swearing in — she switched to using the private email address on a homebrew server that she would rely on for the rest of her tenure. The e-mail message was titled “We’re Under the Microscope.” “September 30th is a critical FEC fundraising deadline that will be reported on and scrutinized, so I need to know you’ve got my back,” the message says. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now examining Clinton’s server as it looks into the possible mishandling of classified information between Clinton and her staff. Media outlets, including the Associated Press, and several other groups have filed dozens of lawsuits under freedom of information laws seeking Clinton’s email records. A Friday evening event at the Greenwich, Conn., home of hedge-fund millionaire Cliff Robbins opens Clinton to further questions from liberal voters, the heart of Sanders’ support, about whether she has too close an affinity with Wall Street.

His backing could also undercut Clinton’s campaign rhetoric about encouraging corporate responsibility and long-term investing over short-term profits. She has also decried the influence of unregulated money in politics, much of which comes from super-wealthy donors, but has also said she cannot “unilaterally disarm” while millions flow to Republicans and will cooperate with super PACs supporting her.

The roughly 80 donors who attended the fundraiser at Robbins’s home Friday evening could give only up to the $2,700 maximum per person that can be donated directly to a candidate’s campaign committee. Separately Friday, State Department officials said they were providing the Benghazi-focused probe more email exchanges from senior officials pertaining to Libya.

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