Friday, September 29

Lieberman's Republican donors

The Journal Inquirer reported on Sept. 21st that embattled Senator Joe Lieberman attended a fundraiser in Florida recently organized by a former finance chairman of the RNCC. The reception was held at Melvin Sembler's St. Petersburg offices - where guests were asked to contribute a minimum of $1,000 to the three-term incumbent's battle against Greenwich Democrat Ned Lamont.

About 100 people attended the event, according to Reuters news service, which reported that it was closed to reporters. Sembler headed the RNC's finance committee from 1994 to 2000. President Bush named him as ambassador to Italy in 2001, a post he held until last year.Bush's father, President George H.W. Bush, had named Sembler as ambassador to Australia.

Sembler is chairman of the board of the Sembler Co., a developer of shopping centers in Florida and nearby states. He serves on the boards of directors of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation and the Republican Jewish Coalition and is chairman of the Libby Legal Defense Trust.

I wonder if Mike Bloomberg can help Lieberman raise more than $100,000?

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