POLITICS
07/15/2013 02:43 pm ET | Updated Jul 15, 2013

Marjorie Margolies, Chelsea Clinton's Mother-In-Law, Fundraises Without Help From The Clintons

AP

WASHINGTON -- Marjorie Margolies reported on Monday that she had raised $185,345 in her bid to reclaim the Pennsylvania congressional seat she lost in 1994, but she did so without contributions from her in-laws: Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.

Chelsea Clinton married Margolies' son, Marc Mezvinsky, in 2010. Mezvinsky, who works for a hedge fund, did not donate to his mother's campaign either.

Even though the Clintons did not donate, Margolies received campaign contributions from members of their inner political circle. Robert Rubin, Vernon Jordan, Lanny Davis, Harold Ickes, Tony Podesta, Jill Iscol and Lewis Katz all contributed. Margolies also received the backing of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), whose leadership PAC donated $5,000.

Still, Margolies could use some more help, as she trails both of her Democratic primary opponents in fundraising. State Rep. Brendan Boyle on Monday reported raising $252,727 in the last quarter, and state Sen. Daylin Leach reported $354,490 in contributions. Dr. Val Arkoosh, the fourth declared Democratic candidate, reported raising $285,298 from April through June and $503,563 total for the year.

The candidates are competing to represent Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) as she pursues a gubernatorial bid.

The Democratic primary is scheduled for May 20, 2014, meaning there is still time for the Clinton family to give to Margolies' campaign. The district is considered safe Democratic territory and the winner of the primary is almost certain to win the seat in the November general election.

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