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Gambling industry rolls the dice, and money, with GOP

Florida's ailing gambling industry, betting on the Republican-led Legislature to come to the rescue, has anted up $800,000 to the state party in the past three months, most of it at House-sponsored fundraisers.

The checks, some as large as $100,000, came from owners of parimutuels from Miami to Jacksonville, Tampa and West Virginia and account for 17 percent of the $4.71 million the state GOP raised during over the quarter that ended Sept. 30.

Nearly $600,000 of the GOP haul was delivered to the party within one week in late July, the same time House Republicans held ''Havana Nights'' fundraisers in Coral Gables and Miami Beach. The events featured a yacht cruise, salsa lessons, dinner at the former Versace mansion and personal concierges available 24/7. More here.