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California legislators haven't just been wading through hundreds of bills since Monday -- they've also been collecting campaign cash. Capitol Alert counted dozens of fundraisers scheduled on behalf of current lawmakers or legislative hopefuls. Those drawing on donors' largess this week included Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez as well as several of his fellow Democrats in the Assembly.
Let's count them off:
Jim Beall (for his 15th Senate District bid), Marty Block (a 39th Senate District hopeful), Susan Bonilla, Joan Buchanan, Charles Calderon (collecting for a 2014 bid for secretary of state), Nora Campos, Gil Cedillo, Paul Fong, Mary Hayashi (for her Alameda County supervisor bid), Isadore Hall III, Roger Hernández, Ben Hueso, Jared Huffman (for his 2nd Congressional District bid), Bill Monning (a hopeful in the Central Coast's 17th Senate District), Richard Pan, V. Manuel Pérez, Nancy Skinner and Das Williams.
Several Senate Democrats also sought cash: Curren Price, Kevin de Léon, Alan Lowenthal (for his bid in the Long Beach-based 47th Congressional District), Fran Pavley and Lois Wolk.
A number of Republican legislators also had their hands out, including Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway and members Beth Gaines, Jeff Gorell, Shannon Grove, Kevin Jeffries (who's running for Riverside County supervisor), Allan Mansoor, Mike Morrell, Kristin Olsen and Jim Silva (collecting for a 2014 state Senate bid). Joining them were Sens. Joel Anderson, Ted Gaines, Sharon Runner and Tony Strickland.
But wait. There's more. The list of legislator-wannabees holding Sacramento fundraisers this week is almost as long:
Democrat Adam Gray, a former aide to then Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza, who's vying for a seat in the Central Valley's 21st Assembly District.
Democrat Russ Warner, who's challenging GOP incumbent Mike Morrell in the 40th Assembly District.
Democrat Adrin Nazarian, who is Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian's chief of staff, in the 46th Assembly District.
Republican surgeon Matthew Lin, a hopeful in the 49th Assembly District.
Jimmy Gomez, running against fellow Democrat Luis Lopez in East L.A.'s 51st Assembly District.
Democrat Tom Calderon, who came in third in the June primary in the 58th Assembly District.
Reggie Jones-Sawyer, running against fellow Democrat Rodney D. Robinson in South L.A.'s 59th Assembly District.
Republican Eric Linder, the founder of the Corona Taxpayers Association, who's running in the Inland Empire's 60th Assembly District.
Republican Rocky Chavez, appointed by then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as undersecretary of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, in the Carlsbad-based 76th Assembly District.
Former Assemblyman Joe Coto, up against fellow Democrat Jim Beall in the San Jose-based 15th Senate District.
Also holding fundraisers this week were Democrats Joe Baca Jr., a Rialto City Council member and a former assemblyman, and Cheryl Brown, an aide to Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter. Baca and Brown face each other in Southern California's 47th Assembly District.
Other Democratic rivals collecting campaign funds included Alameda City Councilman Rob Bonta and Peralta Community College trustee Abel Guillen, who are vying for the East Bay's 18th Assembly District seat.
Under the dome, both houses of the Legislature meet this morning -- the Senate at 9 a.m. and the Assembly at 10 a.m. Check back later to keep track of the action.
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UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Candidate Adam Gray's description has been updated, as a UC Merced spokesman says he no longer works there.