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Ros-Lehtinen is the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs committee, and would chair the committee if the GOP re-takes the House this fall.

The apparent linking of access to contributions violates a House ethics guideline, though it doesn't appear to be illegal.

Still, after Roll Call wrote about the invitations, Ros-Lehtinen's office announced that the event had been axed "due to a misunderstanding and to avoid the appearance of impropriety."

A staffer for one good-government told the Miami Herald that the invitation "on the blatancy scale, was about as bad as I've ever heard.''

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