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Rick Scott, Mitt Romney team up for RGA fundraiser

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March

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Scott are headlining a Republican Governors Association fundraiser March 24.

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For Scott, the event is paybacks of sorts: the RGA contributed $2.5 million to his Let's Get to Work political committee on Jan. 27 amid a Florida fundraising tour by the association's embattled leader, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

This RGA fundraiser -- suggested contributions start at $25,000 per couple -- is slated to be held at the Coral Gables mega-mansion of Miguel "Mike" Fernandez, a Florida health-insurance tycoon.

Fernandez was a major Romney donor in 2012 and serves as the finance chairman of Scott's re-election campaign. He contributed at least $1.4 million directly to the governor since 2010 -- including a single $1 million check he stroked on Nov. 2 as former Democratic Gov. Charlie Crist hopped into the race.

Fernandez's oceanfront home has one of the most-spectacular views of the Bay, so much so that he wound up in a tussle with famed former Miami Dolphin Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc and Miami-Dade County over a plan to erect an $18 million five-story dry-stack building for 360 powerboats in Matheson Hammock Park’s marina.

Among the event's chairs and vice chairs: Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, developer and one-time Jeb Bush business partner Armando Codina, former Ambassador John Rood and political player Manny Kadre.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 9, 2014 8:37pm]

    

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