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House GOP's campaign committee to raise $15 million at one dinner

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are expected to raise more than $15 million at a dinner featuring former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Wednesday’s event at the National Building Museum is the largest haul ever from the dinner, the National Republican Congressional Committee’s main annual fundraiser. Cash raised will be used to help House Republicans defend their majority.

Rice is a former national security adviser and secretary of state during President George W. Bush’s term. She kept a low profile after leaving the State Department in 2009 and returning to Stanford University. But Rice has started increasing her political role.

Rice’s appearance could help House Republicans’ campaign committee narrow its fundraising gap with the Democrats. The GOP ended February with almost $25 million saved. Democrats had more than $34 million in hand.