While House Democrats were holed up in the windowless conference rooms of the Capitol Visitor Center for their annual strategy session, Sen. Saxby Chabliss (R-Ga.) and donors to his Political Action Committee were enjoying the sun in Florida at the fanciest hotel in the ultra-wealthy town of Palm Beach.

Chambliss hosted a fundraising weekend for his PAC at The Breakers, the historic Palm Beach hotel built in 1896 by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler. The weekend cost $1,000 for individuals ($2,500 for a PAC), not including airfare or lodging.

Thankfully, the PAC worked out a room block discount with The Breakers. According to a hotel employee, discounted oceanfront rooms cost Chambliss' guests $775 a night.

And of course, there was golf. The senator is ranked the upper chamber's No. 2 golfer by Golf Digest Magazine, and there was a Saturday round on the links and a line item on the entry form for guests to write their golf handicaps.

A spokeswoman for Chambliss told The Hill, "The senator is using his personal time to raise funds for Republican candidates to bring sanity and discipline back to Congress."

According to a study by Propublica.com, Republican candidates can only expect to see about a quarter of those funds.

The watchdog site reports that of the nearly $800,000 spent by Chambliss' PAC in 2007-08, 26 percent went to campaign donations.

More than 34 percen twent to entertainment, events, and travel, including more than $16,000 to the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Fla.

A spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee declined to comment, noting that the weekend was not an official NRSC event.