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Majority Democrats have been opening their wallets this week to support a push to give the job of redrawing California's political maps back to the state Legislature.

The Proposition 27 campaign has reported more than $500,000 in contributions from Democratic lawmakers since Monday, mostly from state legislators whose districts would be drafted by new citizen commission.

Proposition 27 would eliminate the 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission approved by voters in 2008. The panel is tasked with redrawing state legislative and Board of Equalization districts after the census. Another measure on the ballot, Proposition 20, financed by wealthy Republican Charles Munger Jr., would add congressional redistricting to the job of the citizen panel.

The reported contributions include a combined $225,000 from committees controlled by husband-and-wife pair Rep. Judy Chu and Assemblyman Mike Eng, D-Monterey Park and $49,000 from Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez.

Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, coughed up $100,000 for the campaign, while Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills, reported giving $75,000. Also writing checks this week were Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Sylmar, $30,000, and Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, $24,000.

Yesterday, the campaign also reported $250,000 from a union-linked federal campaign committee called Working for Working Americans.

Congressional Democrats and unions have already contributed heavily to the Proposition 27 side of the redistricting fight. See all the contributions here.

Meanwhile, California candidates wrangling for a ticket to Washington are getting some fundraising help from could-be colleagues today.

Fresh off last night's debate with incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer, Republican Carly Fiorina is hosting a Newport Beach fundraising event featuring Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.

Brown, a GOP star since he picked up late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in a special election this year, will join Fiorina for phone banking at her Burbank headquarters in the afternoon.

House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer will be in Los Angeles to court contributors for former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass' 33rd Congressional District run today and state Sen. Jeff Denham is holding a fundraiser for his 19th Congressional District bid with Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, reports the subscription-only Capitol Morning Report.

SENATE DEBATE: Check out Capitol Alert's coverage of last night's Boxer-Fiorina face off at the blog. Jack Chang has the full report on the debate in today's Bee.

GOV2010: Jerry Brown is ramping up his campaigning today with two events across the state. Brown will be joined by Latino legislators and local officials at a 9 a.m. event in Oakland. By 2 p.m., he will be in Los Angeles to talk about green jobs.


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