Roland Burris holds first fundraiser as US Senator

Burris fundraising total: $845

U.S. Senator Roland Burris, the controversial appointee to the seat once held by President Barack Obama, is holding his first campaign fundraiser since he took office this weekend—and the financial report he filed this week shows he could use some political donations.

Burris campaign officials on Thursday released a report showing the new senator raised only $845 from January through March and had $111,032 in debts from defending himself in ongoing ethics and perjury probes and travel.

Supporters of Sen. Roland Burris held his first official campaign fundraiser Sunday.

Paperwork filed last week shows Burris has less than $900 in campaign coffers, since former Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed him to office amid a scandal three months ago.

The fundraiser was held at the office of Chicago's N'Digo magazine.

Approximately 30 people attended that fundraiser, including a handful of Chicago aldermen.