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No tea party: Glitzy GOP fundraiser kicks off new Congress

Jan 4, 2011 8:57:00 PM - thestate.com
An incoming California Republican congressman made a fundraising splash even before his Wednesday swearing-in, though his glitzy event wasn't to everyone's taste.

For $2,500 a ticket, lobbyists and others with money to politically invest partied Tuesday night with Rep.-elect Jeff Denham, other House Republicans and country singer LeAnn Rimes. The money raised will help re-elect GOP incumbents and candidates.

"This is to help our freshman class," Denham said in an interview Tuesday afternoon. "It's to bring us together, and it's also to raise the money to make sure we can campaign well in 2012."

A dozen other incoming GOP freshmen, including Reps. David Rivera and Steve Southerland of Florida and Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, joined in sponsoring the event.

But others are more skeptical, including, reportedly, some Republicans.

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