Money is one problem Molly Munger does not appear to have in her November tax war with Gov. Jerry Brown.
But even for Munger, who has contributed at least $12.8 million to her tax initiative so far this year, a little help couldn't hurt. The civil rights lawyer asked former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan in a telephone call Thursday to host a fundraiser for the campaign.
Riordan is a moderate Republican, wealthy businessman and former gubernatorial candidate.
He is also, he said, one of Munger's good friends.
"I'll do it," Riordan said.
Munger's Proposition 38 proposes to raise income taxes on all but California's lowest earners. It lags in public opinion polls behind Brown's Proposition 30, which proposes to raise the state sales tax and income taxes on California's highest earners.
Riordan predicted it will be "pretty hard" for either proposition to pass, given the electorate's tendency to reject higher taxes. But he said he hopes Munger's will. The former state secretary of education supports increased funding for schools, and he said Munger's initiative is more "tolerable" than Brown's.
"I think we tax the rich too much," said Riordan, who added, "I'm one of the rich, by the way."