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Get your checkbooks ready this week for pre-session political fundraisers

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Whip out those checkbooks, Tallahassee lobbyists and PAC chairs, as the clock ticks down on pre-session legislative fundraisers.

Florida law prohibits legislators from raising money during session, so the final hours before the 2015 legislative session – which starts Tuesday – means a last-minute whirl of fundraising receptions, many of which will be in the shadow of the Florida Capitol.

Schedule for Monday, March 2:

4:00 p.m. –  Republican Party of Florida Fundraiser at Governors Club – 2nd Floor — Gov. Rick Scott, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Senate President Andy Gardner, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia.

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – For state Rep. Bob Cortes at Governors Inn – Tallahassee Room.

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – For state Rep. Kathleen Passidomo at Governors Club – Private Dining Room.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – For state Sens. Rob Brady, Aaron Bean, Jeff Brandes, Anitere Flores, Denise Grimsley, Alan Hays, Dorothy Hukill, John Legg, Kelli Stargel, and state Rep. Travis Hutson at Governors Club – Plantation Room.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – For state Reps. Colleen Burton, Danny Burgess, Fred Costello, Brad Drake, Eric Eisnaugle, Jay Fant, Julio Gonzalez, Shawn Harrison, Chris Latvala, Mike Miller, Scott Plakon, Rene Plasencia, Chris Sprowls, Jennifer Sullivan, Jay Trumbull at Andrews 228.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – House and Senate Democrats – Drink, Drop, Dash – at Governors Club – Board Room.

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – For state Reps. Frank Artiles, Bryan Avila, Matt Caldwell, Manny Diaz, Jr., Jeanette Nunez, Jose Oliva, Ray Rodriguez, at 510 North Adams Street.

7:00 p.m. – State Sen. Jack Latvala’s Last Round-up at Dorothy B. Oven Park, 3205 Thomasville Rd.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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