Republicans hike price for participation in state party convention

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The Massachusetts Republican Party, which often struggles to field strong challengers to Democratic incumbents, has added a new hurdle — it is charging candidates for governor $25,000 to speak at its upcoming state convention.

That cost, double what it was in 2010, is among several increases the party imposed on candidates this year to recoup the expenses of running the state convention, an event that traditionally loses money.

Among the new fees: a $10,000 surcharge for candidates vying for contested seats. That’s right: In the Republican arena, competition increases the cost.

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