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Just six seats from recapturing the House, Democrats nationwide are frantically fundraising for victory in 2000. But the top two Democrats in the District apparently haven’t gotten the message. Invitations for an Aug. 5 fundraiser for Oklahoma Republican Ernest Istook—the right-winger who chairs the D.C. appropriations subcommittee—list Mayor Anthony A. Williams and D.C. Council Chairman Linda Cropp as “special guests.” If Williams worries about repeating the 1997 miniscandal over ex-Councilmembers John Ray and Sterling Tucker’s funding Istook predecessor Charles Taylor, he won’t admit it. “Istook has done a lot to support the decisions made by local elected officials,” says mayoral spokesperson Peggy Armstrong. “And the mayor feels it’s important to maintain good relations with all members of Congress.” Cropp, however, backpedals from the advertising. “I am not one of the givers,” she says. “The way [my name] was placed, it was as if I am requesting someone’s presence. I am not.” Also listed are council Republicans David Catania and Carol Schwartz, the honorary co-chairs; former Jack Evans fundraiser Kerry Pearson, the chair; and such D.C. luminaries as former control board member Stephen Harlan and superlawyer Whayne Quin.