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Forbes to host NY fundraiser for Rand Paul

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul is taking his tea party-backed campaign to New York City for a fundraiser hosted by former GOP presidential candidate and multimillionaire Steve Forbes.

The $1,000-per-person event is set for Monday, Paul campaign manager Jesse Benton said, as the libertarian-leaning Paul looks to boost his campaign coffers with another high-dollar, East Coast event.

Paul, who casts himself as a political outsider, was the guest of honor last month at a fundraiser hosted by Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, his fellow Kentuckian, at the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington, D.C. Tickets for that event went for $1,000 per person, with sponsorships up to $5,000 per group.

It highlighted a hectic fundraising pace for the first-time candidate at the end of the April through June quarter, when Paul's campaign says the Bowling Green eye doctor collected $1.1 million in campaign cash.

Paul is running against Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway for the seat of Republican Sen. Jim Bunning, who is retiring after two terms. Conway -- a proven fundraiser who also raised cash in Washington and New York during the just-ended quarter -- has not yet announced how much money he took in during the period.

Both candidates face a July 15 deadline to file campaign-finance reports for the quarter.

Forbes was an early supporter of Paul, who bucked the state's GOP establishment to win the Senate nomination in May. Forbes is a wealthy publisher who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000. He campaigned on a platform that included a flat tax, medical savings accounts and parental choice of schools.

Paul closely aligns with Forbes on those issues, according to his campaign.

"Rand is a big supporter of school choice and health savings accounts," Benton said Tuesday in a statement. "He also supports fundamental tax reform, and would vote for anything that simplified and/or cut the tax burden on the American people, including a flat tax."

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