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National GOP rainmakers helping Marco Rubio



Charlie Crist is counting on a massive financial advantage to fend off the threat from U.S. Senate rival Marco Rubio, though the records aren't yet available to know how much of his banked $7.5-million actually is available for the primary. ($6-million? $6.5-million. $5.5?) Whatever Crist's financial advantage at this point, THIS INVITE from a couple hedge fund honchos in should give the Crist campaign the willies. Rubio is not the only beneficiary of this Manhattan fundraiser, but it's a sign that some of the top GOP establishment rainmakers are getting behind former state House speaker.

Paul Singer has given millions to conservative causes, and his associate Anne Dickersonran Bush-Cheney's Rangers/ Pioneers/Mavericks fundraising program in 2008. Susan Ralson, the contact for the reception, was Karl Rove's former aide until attention to her ties with Jack Abramoff prompted her to step aside.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:17pm]


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