Realtors, labor unions, doctors and dentists have contributed $600,000 toward an unusual coalition designed to elect more moderate legislators in 2012, campaign statements show.
The group, Californians for Fiscal Accountability and Responsibility, received six contributions of $100,000 each from major Sacramento interest groups in June. Those include the California Dental Association, California Medical Association, California Association of Realtors, California School Employees Association, SEIU-UHW and State Building and Construction Trades Council.
California Medical Association CEO Dustin Corcoran said the coalition is interested in helping Republicans and Democrats who are willing to work on compromise deals in the Legislature. He said contributors have grown frustrated by gridlock in the Capitol, most recently during the budget process.
Leaders for the member groups said in June they see the top-two primary system and more competitive district maps as an opportunity to shake up the Legislature.