Friends of Bill and Hillary Clinton rally, in numbers, to Rangel’s cause

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On Wednesday night, Charlie Rangel got a boost from Bill Clinton, in the form of some pre-recorded praise that played at the congressman's annual birthday party fund-raiser.

Clinton hasn't formally endorsed Rangel in the race, owing in part to the presence of former aide Clyde Williams, but a significant number of former Clinton associates and aides have recently given to the congressman's campaign.

Harold Ickes, Clinton's deputy chief of staff who also helped manage Hillary Clinton's Senate campaigns, gave $2,000 according to a 48-hour report filed with the Federal Election Commission. 

Vernon Jordan, a longtime friend of the former president who also chaired his transition team, gave $1,000. 

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Bernard Nussbaum, who served as Clinton's White House counsel, gave $1,000.

Jill Iscol, a close friend of Hillary Clinton gave another $1,000, after having previously given $3,000.

And Alan Patricof, who co-chaired Hillary's finance committee in 2008, gave $1,000.

Those donations all came in the course of one 48-hour stretch earlier this week, after the cut-off for Rangel's pre-primary report, which showed that the congressman had raised $296,000 since the end of March, but had also spent over $308,000 on what has shaped up as his toughest primary fight in decades.

State Senator Adriano Espaillat reported raising $271,000 over the same period, and Williams reported just over $77,000.