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Dems to drop charity event in Boston

Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., has pulled the plug on a July 28 fund-raiser for the Democratic National Convention in Boston. The event was supposed to raise money for the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, but it was criticized by campaign finance watchdog groups because it had a corporate sponsor and used members of Congress as drawing cards. Lincoln said she didn't want the event compared to the much-criticized charity fund-raiser Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, has organized during the Republican convention in August in New York City. DeLay set up his own charity, and $500,000 donors will get a package of rewards, including Broadway tickets, a yacht cruise and a private meal with the House majority leader. AFLAC, an insurance company based in Georgia, was organizing the Boston event, had put in $100,000 in seed money and was soliciting corporate donors to do the same before it was canceled. The company said a similar event it planned in New York will go on as scheduled. -- ON THE HILL: News from the Louisiana delegation in the nation's capital (New Orleans Times-Picayune)