Republican state Senators plan major fundraiser for July 28 in Orlando

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They’ve raised money in California. They’ve raised money in Maine. Now, Florida’s Republican state Senators are coming home, hosting a major fundraiser next week in Orlando.

The Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (the FRSCC) will host a fundraising reception July 28th at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.

Headlining the event are Senate President-designate Joe Negron and the rest of his leadership team, including Sens. Lizbeth Benacquisto, Anitere Flores, Bill Galvano, and Jack Latvala. Also expected to be in attendance are Sens. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Anitere Flores, Rene Garica, Travis Hutson, and Kelli Stargel.

The event includes a candidate reception at 5:00 p.m. followed by a “Senate Majority Dinner.”

The Florida Senate is currently divided 26 to 14, Republicans to Democrats. This year, all 40 state Senate seats are up because of redistricting

Diaz de la Portilla is locked in a fierce general election fight for a South Florida seat, while three other Republicans are running for open seats. Those candidates — Reps. Frank Artilles, Keith Perry, and Dana Young — are also expected to be at the Orlando fundraiser.

The FRSCC has literally been criss-crossing the country to raise funds for Senate Majority, one of the campaign arms of the Florida GOP. Two weeks ago, state Senators raised money at the famed golf courses of Pebble Beach. Last week, more than 50 donors gathered at Sen. Latvala’s compound in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Those interested in attending or contributing should contact Ashley Ross at

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