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Florida Republican raises money with Joe "I apologize" Barton

Joe Barton, the Texas Republican who famously apologized to BP -- and then retracted it -- will be the "special guest" at a fundraiser next week for Ocala Republican Cliff Stearns.

Barton, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, nearly lost his post for telling BP CEO Tony Hayward he was "ashamed" of what he called a "shakedown" at the White House -- the $20 billion fund BP agreed to set up to help victims of the oil spill. Democrats are having a field day with the apology/retraction, posting web ads that accuse Republicans of siding with corporate interests.

The fundraiser is next Wednesday. Here's Barton delivering his apology.