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GOP committee reaches interim goal

Associated Press

ST. PAUL — The host committee for the 2008 Republican National Convention said it has reached its most recent fundraising goal of $14 million in cash and in-kind contributions for next year’s convention in St. Paul.

"We’re in good shape," said committee spokesman Jeff Larson.

The committee needs to raise about $60 million to help cover costs connected with the convention, which will be held Sept. 1-4 at the Xcel Energy Center.

The committee said it has met all of its interim goals and faces another one in two months.

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The money will be used for temporary construction, preparations for the thousands of news media personnel, bus transportation for delegates and promoting the Twin Cities.

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