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Marco Rubio enters into joint fundraising committee with six other U.S. Senate candidates, including Rob Portman and Pat Toomey

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Marco Rubio will be one of seven U.S. Senate candidates benefit ting from a fundraiser by New York hedge-funder Paul Singer. What’s really interesting is that fundraiser is being held under the umbrella of the U.S. Senate Victory Committee, which was recently organized as a joint fundraising committee that will distribute funds to the seven Republicans who were identified on Federal Election Commission paperwork as participants in the venture.

They are Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), a former state Attorney General; Rep. Roy Blunt (Mo.); Jane Norton (Colo.), a former lieutenant governor; former Rep. Rob Portman (Ohio); Marco Rubio (Fla.), a former state House Speaker; former Rep. Rob Simmons (Conn.); and former Rep. Pat Toomey (Pa.).

All seven Republicans face opposition in the primary elections, though most are expected to win. Rubio is taking on Gov. Charlie Crist (Fla.) in a competitive GOP primary that has attracted national headlines. Simmons is vying with Linda McMahon for the seat of retiring Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D).

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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