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The New York Times calls him a "senior adviser" to Kerry and leads their Berger story with his resignation. LINK

The New York Post calls it the "sock-doc probe" and uses the ABC News Web site as a source: LINK

The New York Post editorial page perpetuates the sock theory as well. LINK

The Los Angeles Times reports, "Breuer said the Justice Department considered Berger the subject of a criminal investigation, meaning that he had information of interest but that he was not a target, and so charges were not likely. FBI agents have searched his home and office but have not interviewed Berger . . ." LINK

This is how the New York Daily News team of Bazinet and Meek lead into their quoting of President Clinton calling the timing, "interesting." LINK

"That a fresh Clintonista scandal is now tainting the Kerry campaign was lost on no one, least of all the former President."

The Washington Times ' Bill Sammon and Stephen Dinan wrap yesterday's developments, from Berger's departure as an informal adviser to the Kerry campaign to the partisan back-and-forth over accusations of wrongdoing and questions of timing over the story of the investigation into the missing documents. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Money in Politics: The Washington Post 's Jim VandeHei and Tom Edsall report that "John F. Kerry and the major Democratic Party committees have collectively outraised their Republican counterparts this year, blunting one of the GOP's biggest and longest-standing political advantages, new Federal Election Commission reports show." LINK

It's the first time since 1992 that the Democrats collectively have outraised their Republican counterparts during a six-month period during an election year, the duo Note: $292 million on the Dem side, $272 million on the GOP side. And the benefits are trickling down-ballot.

We can't not include this paragraph:

"[RNC spokeswoman Christine] Iverson said the Democratic numbers are overblown because Bush did the bulk of his fundraising in 2003. But a top Bush fundraiser said Republican donors might not be as universally excited about the election as Democrats are: 'The [Bush] campaign itself is still the best I have ever seen. It's the product that has got some problems right now.'"

ABC News' Marc Ambinder reports that Senator John Kerry's campaign raised $36.5 million in June and $185 million so far this cycle — more than $140 million in the past four months — the fastest fundraising pace ever for a candidate . . . and the most EVER raised by a challenger.

Kerry had approximately $36 million on hand as of June 30.

Kerry will likely transfer whatever's left on July 29 to the Democratic National Committee, which can run ads on his behalf.

The DNC can coordinate with the campaign to the tune of roughly $16 million. The DNC had about $63 million in the bank as of June 30.

"The pace of Democratic fund raising, which exploded three months ago, shows no sign of abating, signaling that Republicans will have little financial advantage prior to the critical general election period," reports Jeanne Cummings of the Wall Street Journal .

Glen Justice in the New York Times on the parties' roles in fundraising: LINK

The Los Angeles Times has a look at the fundraising figures too. LINK

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