August 25 — Early Leader in Fundraiser Derby, By a Head
While the Legislature doesn’t return until August 17 — and things can change dramatically before then — it appears that August 25 holds the early lead for day with the most scheduled fundraisers during the final four weeks lawmakers will be in Sacramento this year.
There are 16.
August 26 is a close second at 15, however.
Holding fundraising events during the final month of the annual legislative session is a time-honored Capitol tradition. Lawmakers say it’s both convenient and necessary since, in odd-numbered years, after mid-September it’s more difficult logistically to get checks from the interest groups who have business in the Capitol.
Those interest groups often privately grumble that the fundraisers are scheduled at a time when hundreds of bills, many of which are important to them, are being considered by the same lawmakers seeking political contributions.
Even-numbered years, being election years, are always more frenzied during the final month of session but the last month of 2009 shapes up well.
It’s a slow start. First day back, no fundraisers are yet scheduled. (Editors Note: Attention professional fundraising folk – void to be filled.) There’s only one event on August 18th but a solid up tick to six on August 19.
The following week the quest for checks heats up. Five fundraisers on August 24. Triple that on the 26th and, as noted, 16 on the 25th. There are even four events on Thursday August 27, usually a day of rest since lawmakers return to their home districts.
The first week in September is also respectable. Seven events on September 1, four more than that on Tuesday September 2 and four on September 3.
There are no fundraisers scheduled for the final week of session, which begins September 8.
(Editor’s Note: Again, perhaps a void in need of filling. Future California’s Capitol posts will offer comparative data as a service to help lobbyists more strategically determine which events to attend or contribute to. A sample invitation, selected at random, of the last month’s, so far, scheduled events follows.)
Please Join Us For A
Cocktail Reception Honoring
Senator Dean Florez
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Ella’s Dining Room & Bar
1131 K Street
$6,500.00 – Sponsor $3,000.00 – Host $1,000.00 – Ticket
RSVP to (916) 551-1430 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax this form back to (916) 552-1850
Please make checks payable to: Dean Florez for Lieutenant Governor, ID # 1299732 c/o Bertolina & Barnato, Inc. 1005 12th Street, Suite H, Sacramento, CA 95814
____ I/we will attend Senator Florez’s event and be a Sponsor at $6,500.
____ I/we will attend Senator Florez’s event and be a Host at $3,000.
____ I/we will attend Senator Florez’s event and purchase ___ ticket(s) at $1,000.
____ Sorry, I/we will not be able to attend, but please accept a contribution of_______.
Contributions to this committee are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. The California Political Reform Act (Prop. 34) places limits on contributions (including loans) to candidates for state office, and imposes certain prohibitions. This request does not seek a contribution in excess of applicable limits or from prohibited sources. An individual, union, political action committee, association, committee, partnership, business or corporation may contribute a maximum of $6,500 to the committee per election. A registered Small Contributor Committee may contribute a maximum of $12,900 to the committee per election.
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