03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

For Sale: 17 Major GOP Donors Invited To WH State Dinner With French Prez Sarkozy

A Las Vegas casino magnate, a North Carolina construction materials manufacturer and a Colorado oil executive were among the 17 major Republican donors invited to dine with French President Nicholas Sarkozy, along with U.S. and French officials, at last night's state dinner.

Campaign finance watchdogs say the Bush administration has taken a page from the Clinton White House and other previous administrations, reserving the coveted invitations for their most loyal supporters.

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