Gov. James S. Gilmore III continues his winning ways on the Republican fund-raising front, generating $550,000 with two days of golf, tennis and fishing over the weekend at the Tides Inn resort on Virginia's Northern Neck.

The money raised in Irvington, on the banks of the Rappahannock River, goes to Gilmore's New Majority Project, a political action committee determined on capturing clear Republican majorities in the two chambers of the General Assembly this fall.

About 60 people attended the weekend fund-raiser, which featured speeches by a Wall Street Journal editorial writer about taxes; a former U.S. ambassador to NATO; and Larry J. Sabato, the reigning political pundit at the University of Virginia.

Some GOP activists were crowing that it was the most successful fund-raiser of its kind in state history.

Clinton at Birthday Bash

President Clinton made a quick trip across the Potomac River on Friday to attend a fund-raising birthday party at the home of Sen. Charles S. Robb (D-Va.), whose 60th birthday was Saturday.

About 40 supporters, including two unsuccessful candidates in the 1997 election, former lieutenant governor Donald S. Beyer Jr., of Alexandria, and former representative L.F. Payne, of Charlottesville, partook of food, drink and speeches that included Robb's talking about his views on foreign policy.

Robb's press secretary, John J. DiBiase, said he couldn't talk about the bash, "because it was political." He referred a caller to chief of staff Tom Lehner to talk about the event, but Lehner did not return two phone calls.

Robb is expected to seek a third term next year, facing formidable Republican opposition from former governor George Allen.