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Fundraising campaign under way for former Congressman Dold

During his two years Congress Bob Dold operated his local headquarters HighlPark. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

During his two years in Congress, Bob Dold operated his local headquarters in Highland Park. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: June 10, 2013 6:18AM

Former Congressman Robert Dold has not formally announced he is running again in 2014 for the 10th District, but a fundraising campaign has started.

A donation flyer for the north suburban Republican titled “Dold for Congress” has been distributed from Libertyville, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Dold was unavailable for comment, but the flyer was emailed to the Glenview Announcements from Brandon Lorenz, DCCC spokesman.

Democrat Brad Schneider narrowly beat Dold for the congressional seat in November 2012 when supportive votes surged late in Lake County.

“It’s clear that the National Republican Campaign Committee is recruiting Bob Dold because they’ll have a reliable vote for extending Tea Party measures in Congress.” Lorenz said.

The most recent campaign filing forms with the Federal Election Commission showed Dold did not raise money from Jan. 1 to March 31 from a total $102,000.

Katie Prill, NRCC spokeswoman, said Schneider should be “scared about his re-election in 2014.

“Brad Schneider has been a truly disappointing member of Congress, who when he had the chance, didn’t even vote for a budget to keep our fiscal house balanced and in order,” she said, adding the NRCC was hopeful Dold would choose to enter the race.

“Illinois families wanted an independent voice in Washington but Brad Schneider has instead voted in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi, (D-12th), ” she said.

A Deerfield businessman and management consultant, Schneider was the first Democrat to win the 10th District in decades when it was redrawn and shifted north after the 2010 U.S. Census.

The district runs from the Wisconsin border, northwest to the Round Lake communities and covers Glencoe, as well as parts of Glenview, Northbrook, Morton Grove and Park Ridge.

Dold lost the 2012 election by barely 2,400 votes out of more than 200,000 cast.

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