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Take your favorite GOP senator out to the ball game

America's favorite pastime is, of course, baseball. Tallahassee's favorite pastime is, of course, raising money.

Senate Republicans will merge the two next month when they hold a fund-raiser at Yankee Stadium during an Aug. 13 game between the Bronx Bombers and the Los Angeles Angels. A VIP reception precedes the baseball. The Yankees, who train in Tampa every spring, are represented in Tallahassee by the lobbyist Brian Ballard and his partners.

The listed co-hosts on the invitation are Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and his designated successor, Sen. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando. The money will benefit Senate Majority 2014, the fund-raising account for GOP senators who are up for re-election. Sixteen of the 26 Republican senators will face the voters in 2014.

No suggested donation is listed on the invitation because this is a soft money event. Gaetz, Gardiner & Co. are swinging for the fences: They want big checks.

-- Steve Bousquet