Marco Rubio kicks off Senate fundraising Sunday in Coral Gables
Marco Rubio's donors have gotten back together to collect checks for the Florida Republican again, now that Rubio is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
They will launch their fundraising campaign Sunday in Coral Gables, a little more than three months after Rubio ended his bid for the presidency.
The reception is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the home of Claudia and Bernie Navarro, close friends of Rubio's who hosted donors several times during the presidential campaign.
At first, Rubio backers had hoped to turn a Friday night event for Carlos Lopez-Cantera's Senate campaign into a Rubio cocktail instead. But not all Lopez-Cantera donors -- such as Jeb Bush loyalist Jorge Arrizurieta -- are supporting Rubio. And a Rubio event would have required separate notice from a Lopez-Cantera one.
So Lopez-Cantera scrapped his reception -- and Rubio planned one of his own.
Suggested contributions are $10,800 per couple for the highest level of support. A "general attendee" is asked to give $2,700.
A new, pro-Rubio super PAC is churning out attacks against likely Democratic nominee and Jupiter U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy. Rubio has one Republican foe remaining, Manatee County developer Carlos Beruff.