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Mikulski campaign account boosted by chairmanship

Mikulski campaign account boosted by chairmanship

In addition to having a hand on the nation's checkbook, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski is reaping a political reward from her new assignment as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee: a significant increase in campaign cash.

The Maryland Democrat, who is not up for reelection until 2016, raised $191,000 in the first three months of this year — many times the $7,737 she collected over the same period last year, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. The haul is more than twice what Mikulski raised in all of 2011.

For Mikulski — long the state's most popular politician, with a history of taking at least 60 percent of the vote in...