Chambliss hosts golf weekend at The Breakers in Palm Beach

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.

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