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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 06/13/2011

GOP Senators aim to take in $350,000 at annual retreat

Republican Senators Thomas Norment (James City County), Ryan McDougle (Hanover), left, and William Stanley (Franklin), right. (Steve Helber - AP)
Senate Republicans hope to raise $350,000 at a retreat with legislators and lobbyists that opened Sunday in Williamsburg and ends Monday, a caucus spokesman said.

GOP senators, who are trying to fill their campaign coffers in an attempt to retake the Senate majority from Democrats in November, are meeting for a day of golf, meals and a visit to Busch Gardens amusement park.

Attendees ate dinner Sunday night with Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and will lunch Monday with Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R).

Caucus spokesman Jeff Ryer said senators took in about $225,000 at the same event last year.

Legislators in both chambers and parties hold annual summer retreats, where lawmakers mingle with high priced corporate lobbyists— for a fee, of course.

House Republicans said they raised $500,000 in May at the Homestead, a luxury resort in Bath County. Senate Democrats will likewise gather at the Homestead next week.

By  |  09:22 AM ET, 06/13/2011

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