Sacramento: Where The Fundraising Never Stops

It being an even-numbered year, fundraising doesn’t stop when lawmakers adjourn on August 31 – particularly for new candidates for legislative seats.

They will venture to Sacramento, early and often, because that’s where the lobbyists and the trade associations are that can write the checks from $1,000 and to $3,900.

Bill Quirk, candidate for the 20th Assembly District, holds a Sacramento fundraiser September 11. Todd Zink, candidate for the 27th Senate seat, held one September 10 at The River House on Garden Highway – a short drive from downtown

On September 12, two more candidates – Dr. Shirley Weber and Ian Calderon who seek election to the 79th and 57th Assembly seats respectively — hold Sacarmento fundraisers.

Raul Bocanegra gets into the downtown Sacramento fundraiser act with a unch at the Grange Restaurant on September 13.  

Calderon seeks election to the Assembly seat his father, Chuck, was forced from this year by term limits.

The Calderons are sometimes jokingly referred to in the Capitol as the “Kennedys of Montebello” since three of the brothers – Charles, Ron and Tom – have all been state lawmakers. Ian would begin a new generational dynasty.

Believing his service to California is not complete, Ron, after two terms in the Senate, is holding a fundraiser Sept. 14 at Edgewood Tahoe Gold Club ostensibly seeking contributions for either a run for the Assembly in 2014 or state controller. Brother Tom is planning to run for Ron’s vacated Senate seat. If Ian doesn’t win that could mean a two-year drought of Calderons in the Capitol. 


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