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Big GOP fundraiser nets $650

WASHINGTON – A freshman California lawmaker made a big splash but barely broke even at a glitzy and controversial January GOP fundraiser featuring country singer Leann Rimes, new campaign filings show.

Rimes and her entourage made out well at the Jan. 4 fundraiser that served as Republican Rep. Jeff Denham’s big political debut in Washington. Between assorted fees, flowers, catering and other costs, Denham’s special fundraising committee reported spending $212,250 on the Rimes event.

The committee, meanwhile, raised only $212,900 from outside contributors.

Add it all up, and Denham’s special committee spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars to net a grand total of $650.

The myriad costs reported for the Rimes performance itself included $75,000 for “musical entertainment fee” and nearly $55,000 for hotel rooms and catering paid to the W Hotel, a couple of blocks from the White House.



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