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Frist raising money for GOP candidates

Bill Frist has taken advantage of his position as the top Republican in the Senate to build a vast network of campaign donors that could provide a solid base of financial support for a 2008 presidential run.

Since rising to Senate majority leader in January 2003, Frist has raked in more than $2.7 million through March 31 for his leadership political action committee, Volunteer PAC. That is the second-highest total among such committees. By comparison, Frist's PAC ranked 60th in total fund raising at the close of the 1999-2000 election cycle.

"One of the reasons he's able to raise a lot of money is he's one of the people being talked about for 2008," said John Geer, an expert on campaign finance at Vanderbilt University. "A lot of people think he'd be a very formidable candidate" for the presidency. -- Frist PAC funneling funds to aid GOP (Gannett News Service via Indystar.com)