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Emanuel to Help Braun Clear Campaign Debt




    What goes around comes around for Carol Moseley Braun -- in the best way possible.

    The former mayoral candidate hosts a fundraising dinner on April 21 to help clear her campaign debt, and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel confirmed his attendance, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    It's a bit of good karma for Emanuel. During Braun's mayoral campaign, she often criticized her opponent's big bucks and Hollywood connections.

    When Emanuel's talent agent brother threw him a fundraiser last year, Braun issued a statement, saying, "When President Obama and Illinois Democrats are still recovering from the painful [November elections] political debacle that he was the architect of, Rahm Emanuel is off in Hollywood hanging out with bankers and billionaires."

    Braun even accused a pollster of contributing to Rahm's campaign, though she herself didn't know the exact amount in her war chest. In the end, she is said to have raised $550,000.

    In the end, Braun won less than 10 percent of the vote. She didn't win a single ward and was outpaced in the black community by Rahm Emanuel.

    On Thursday, Braun’s campaign e-mailed an invitation to her April 21 party. Tickets to the event at Karyn’s on Green in Greektown are either $500 or $1,000 for different levels of sponsorship.

    Emanuel's camp confirmed to the Tribune he would attend.