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Hillary PAC has netted $600,000 in 2001

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's political action committee has collected more than $600,000 since January when she set up HILLPAC to help Democrats regain a majority in Congress.

According to a report filed last week with the Federal Election Commission, the committee received $662,325 in contributions in the first six months of the year, including 160 itemized donations of $500 to $5,000 from individuals and 27 gifts of $2,000 to $5,000 from other PACs, predominantly labor unions.

The freshman Democrat from New York established the committee Jan. 5 as a "leadership PAC," an increasingly popular device that allows elected officials to raise money in addition to the donations they collect for their own re-election campaigns.

It allows Clinton to make campaign contributions to other federal candidates, pay for political travel and fund-raisers and enhance her standing with congressional and party leaders.

The report shows a total of $50,000 from 10 partnerships connected to Charles Kushner, a New Jersey developer whose family-owned real estate network owns and manages more than 10,000 apartments in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida.

According to a compilation by Political-MoneyLine, a research group, Kushner donations in 1999-2000 totaled more than $1 million to federal candidates and parties.

Walter Kaye, the retired insurance executive who helped line up Monica S. Lewinsky's White House internship in 1995, was listed as having given $10,000, twice the limit. HILLPAC has 60 days to determine whether the second $5,000 was meant to come from Kaye's wife or whether it must be refunded.

HILLPAC said it spent $425,289 through June 30, including $98,000 for Democratic senators and Democratic House and Senate candidates.