NEW YORK - Hillary Clinton may be collecting millions from her supporters, but Rudy Giuliani is mining her enemies - actively hitting up certified Hillary haters.
Although much of the punch has gone out of the anti-Hillary movement, the fund raising list Giuliani built during their aborted 2000 Senate face-off remains the most comprehensive register of devout Clinton loathers in the nation.
The 24,851 donors to Giuliani's Senate bid contributed a hefty $22 million before the former mayor dropped out of the race that year amid health and marital woes. Now Giuliani hopes that same fund raising list will help to pave his way to the White House.
The Republican presidential hopeful has sent a request for cash to each of those Senate donors and plans to hit them up again in the next few months, Giuliani aides said this week.
"The response was very good," one Giuliani aide said of the first mailing.
The tactic didn't faze Clinton aides. "The first time this strategy was deployed, candidate Clinton became Sen. Clinton," said Clinton spokesman Blake Zeff. "The second time it was deployed, she was re-elected with two-thirds of the vote." Giuliani's push comes after Clinton reported raising $10 million in just one week - a record haul in such a short period.
It also comes as presidential hopefuls in both parties work to lower fund raising expectations in advance of March 31, when each candidate will have to report how much he or she has collected over the past three months.
Clinton is widely expected to outraise everyone, but who comes in second and third in the money race - which many view as an important sign of early support - is shaping up to be a key barometer.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., began the expectations game on Sunday by arguing his money-raising got off to a "late start" - even though his team has long boasted of being the earliest to organize.
Giuliani's aides also are trying to scale back expectations, but at the same time are confident enough to launch the first national radio ads of the campaign.
The radio pitches, which began running on conservative talk radio, are mostly aimed at directing listeners to Giuliani's revamped Web site, www.joinRudy2008.com.
The ads came as a new Siena Poll showed Clinton would trounce Giuliani in New York if they were the nominees, while Giuliani would beat Democratic hopeful Barack Obama.
Clinton fans suggested the poll showed that the former first lady was more electable than Obama, and that Giulaini's ability to carry traditionally Democratic states was limited at best.
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