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Univision personality to host DNC fundraiser with Obama at Miami home

@MarcACaputo

Another sign of the close ties between Spanish-language Univision and Democrats: Tonight's Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Miami home Liliana Estefan, the host of the popular "El Gordo y la Flaca" show.

Estefan is quite a political catch. She's a star. She's the niece of music stars Emilio and Gloria Estefan. And the Cuban-American, along with husband Lorenzo Luaces, is a registered Republican.

The president also has a DCCC fundraiser later at the home of Alonzo Mourning.

The Estefan fundraiser underscores the affinity between Univision and the Democratic Party these days. The network is partnering with Obama's former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, in an outreach effort. Univision owner Haim Saban is a major Democratic donor who said he'd back Clinton with "full might."

From Saban to a network news honcho's assistant, some at Univision have also made sure to train their fire on Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a likely 2016 White House candidate.

A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, Izzy Santa, took to Twitter and criticized the ties: "Univision should explain to their viewers their conflict of interest. First, HRC partnership and now fundraising for the DNC."

Univision's spokeswoman Monica Talan issued this response on Twitter: "Lili hosts an entertainment gossip show. Who or what our employees support on their own time is independent from the Company."

Where the DCCC fundraiser is open to a print pool, media access at the DNC event is closed. Don't expect Univision to report on it in depth anyway. And don't expect the national media to do the same regarding Univision.

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