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Marco Rubio benefactors plan Florida fundraising events


Marco Rubio's immediate concern as a presidential candidate is to raise money so he can compete in 2016 Republican primaries. And he will be doing that over the next few weeks in several Florida events.

Rubio financiers have scheduled three fund-raisers, including one in Miami on May 2 that will be hosted by auto magnate Norman Braman, former Latin Builders Association President Bernie Navarro and attorney and lobbyist Jorge Luis Lopez. Braman plans to invest heavily in Rubio's campaign; Navarro held a reception for Rubio's friends and family the day before his presidential announcement, and Lopez has actively pursued donors to contribute to the campaign.

An earlier event will take place April 26 in West Palm Beach, co-hosted by Cuban-American sugar baron Pepe Fanjul. The third reception is scheduled for May 12 in Boca Raton.