Published: Feb 06, 2012 8:12 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida House Democrats are being told that they could break House rules if they show up at a party fundraiser.
    
The Florida Democratic Party has scheduled a legislative appreciation party in Tallahassee on Tuesday night. The party is asking for a minimum donation of $500 for those who want to attend.
    
Senate Democrats are skipping the event because the Senate general counsel warned that Democrats would violate a Senate rule that bans lawmakers from raising money during session.
    
The House has slightly different rules, but now the House general counsel has cautioned Democrats in that chamber from attending the fundraiser.
    
George Levesque, in a letter to a Democratic legislator, said that lawmakers are being used as a lure to potential donors.
    
Both the House and Senate are controlled by Republicans.

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