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WASHINGTON – Congressman Patrick McHenry, the freshman Republican representative from North Carolina who took significant heat from credit unions in 2005 over his legislative proposal to strip NCUA of much of its authority to regulate credit union-to-bank conversions, has written an anxious e-mail to supporters looking for contributions to his 2006 campaign. “In three days my campaign has to report how much money we’ve raised this quarter to the Federal Elections Commission. Amanda just informed me that we may fall short of our goal. I need you to make a donation to my campaign before the March 31st deadline,” McHenry wrote his supporters. “With Republican national polling numbers at a 10 year low . Liberal activists are planning and plotting on how they will sneak in and steal Republican held seats . and the Republican majority in Congress,” he added. “Just a few days ago members of the liberal group MoveOn.org were protesting outside my office. If we don’t show we’re strong financially they could pour millions of dollars into negative ads to defeat me.” McHenry reminded readers that he has backed conservative values in Congress, including opposing the Central American Free Trade Agreement and illegal immigration.

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