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05/05/2014 05:57 pm ET

Hillary Clinton To Raise Funds For Marjorie Margolies, Chelsea's Mother-In-Law

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A former congresswoman campaigning to return to the House will receive a boost from Hillary Clinton, who has stayed out of the 2014 election cycle's spotlight as she ponders her own political future.

Politico reported Monday that Clinton will host a May 15 fundraiser for former Rep. Marjorie Margolies (D-Pa.), whose son, Marc Mezvinsky, was married to Chelsea Clinton in 2010.

Margolies is engaged in a competitive Democratic primary to represent the state's deep-blue 13th Congressional District in the Philadelphia suburbs. She faces state Sen. Daylin Leach, state Rep. Brendan Boyle and physician Val Arkoosh for the nomination to succeed Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), who is running for governor. Because Clinton's fundraiser is scheduled to be held less than a week before the May 20 primary, it may benefit Margolies with positive media attention as she goes head-to-head with her Democratic rivals.

The news comes just two days after The New York Times reported that Chelsea Clinton was staying out of Margolies' race because of her role as a special correspondent for NBC News. Mezvinsky, her son, has been prohibited from a direct role in the campaign because of his job running a hedge fund.

Former President Bill Clinton attended a pair of Philadelphia fundraisers for Margolies' campaign in April.

Later that month, Leach accused Margolies in a Federal Election Commission complaint of violating campaign finance law by using funds raised for the general election during the primary.

Margolies represented the 13th Congressional District from 1993 to 1995.

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