- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear at a fundraiser for a progressive group during an Iowa visit this month.

Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic says de Blasio will be a guest at a reception on April 16 in Des Moines.

Earlier in the day, De Blasio will give a speech at Drake University. He was invited by former Sen. Tom Harkin and is expected to focus his remarks on income inequality.

De Blasio, a Democrat, is making a number of out-of-state trips as he seeks to grow his national profile. His Iowa visit comes as the 2016 presidential hopefuls are starting to woo voters in the kickoff caucus state.

De Blasio has close ties to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is expected to soon announce her candidacy.

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