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February 20, 2012
Meg Whitman contributes $100,000 to Mitt Romney's Super PAC

California Governor Fresno.jpgFormer GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman pulled out her checkbook last month to boost her former boss Mitt Romney's presidential bid.

Whitman contributed $100,000 to the "Restore our Future" committee, an independent campaign fund created to support Romney's presidential bid, according to a report filed with the Federal Elections Commission. Unlike Romney's presidential campaign committee, the so-called "Super PAC" can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money ahead of the election.

The contribution, received January 20, was the Hewlett-Packard CEO's first donation to the super PAC, which raised more than $6 million in the first month of 2012. She had previously given $2,500 to his presidential campaign committee.

Whitman, who spent $144 million of her own cash on her failed 2010 bid for governor, served as a finance chair on Romney's 2008 presidential campaign. The relationship between the two wealthy business executives stretches back to the 1980s, when a young Whitman worked for Romney at the Bain & Company consulting firm. She told The Bee last year that she would consider an appointment if Romney wins election to the White House, but said at the time that the two had not discussed any specific posts.

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PHOTO CREDIT: California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman arrives at a fund-raising luncheon, Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 in Fresno, Calif. (AP Photo/ The Fresno Bee, Eric Paul Zamora).

February 20, 2012
Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley to run for Congress

Democratic Assemblywoman Julia Brownley says she'll run for the 26th Congressional District.

The Ventura County Star's Timm Herdt reports:

Brownley, who lives in Santa Monica, has represented much of Ventura County in the Assembly for the past five years. Her district includes Port Hueneme, about half of Oxnard, Westlake Village and Oak Park -- areas that make up about 16 percent of the congressional district.

Brownley said she will move to an apartment in Oak Park this week.

"This is going to be a tough campaign -- no question about it," she said. "I think I'm a very strong candidate with my experience in the Legislature fighting to restore excellence in schools, expanding access to health care and investing in the 'green' economy."

Brownley, who is termed out, enters the race with the endorsement of Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett, the top Democratic recruit for the seat who dropped out unexpectedly earlier this month. Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, a Republican who might identify herself as "no party preference" on the ballot, and four other Democrats are running for the swing seat, which became a top target when retiring GOP Rep. Elton Gallegly announced he would not run for another term in the newly drawn district.

The seat is considered a top target for Democrats seeking to win back the majority in the U.S. House.

Click here to read the full Ventura County Star piece.


Capitol Alert Staff

Jeremy White Jeremy B. White covers California politics and edits Capitol Alert's mobile Insider Edition. Twitter: @capitolalert

Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee.

Christopher Cadelago Christopher Cadelago covers California politics and health care. Twitter: @ccadelago

Micaela Massimino Micaela Massimino edits Capitol Alert.

Laurel Rosenhall Laurel Rosenhall covers the Legislature, the lobbying community and higher education. Twitter: @LaurelRosenhall

David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. Twitter: @davidsiders

Dan Walters Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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