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House Republicans rake it in at GOP bash

The three-day fundraising bash held this past weekend in Coral Gables and Miami Beach was apparently enormously successful. The fundraiser put on by House Republicans and organized with the help of three Miami-Dade Republicans _ Reps. David Rivera, Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Anitere Flores _ reportedly raised $1.4 million for the House Republicans.

That's not quite the $1.6 million the Republican Party of Florida raised earlier this month at an event that featured Gov. Charlie Crist and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger but it's a striking amount for a legislative fundraiser held during an off-election year. The event, which was held at the Biltmore Hotel and featured dinner at the Versace Mansion in Miami Beach, asked top donors to contribute either $50,000 or $100,000 to the party.

When asked about the money raised, Rivera said the money is needed to conduct expensive campaigns.

"When the media stops charging for political advertisments, we can stop fundraising,'' he said.