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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 05/24/2011

House Republicans raise more than $500,000 at annual retreat

House Republicans will wrap up their annual fundraising retreat Tuesday morning at the posh Homestead resort.

About 325 people are attending, including 53 of the 61 members of the Republican caucus as well as lobbyists, spouses and guests.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) also participated in part of the two-day event, which included golfing, swimming, hiking, seminars and meetings.

The caucus expects to raise a record amount of money -- more than $500,000, according to G. Paul Nardo, chief of staff to House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford).
House Speaker William J. Howell ( R-Stafford). (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch).

Last year, the caucus's sixth annual fundraiser at the four-star mountain resort in Hot Springs, raised about $500,000.

This year, the event has taken on added significance as Howell looks to pick up more seats in the 100-member House of Delegates in November’s elections.

Senate Democrats will host a similar retreat at the end of June, also at the Homestead.

By  |  09:19 AM ET, 05/24/2011

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