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Sacramento at the Super Bowl

The California Democratic Party held an exclusive fundraiser last weekend - a trip to the Super Bowl in New Orleans with a powerful state senator. Other Capitol types were also in the Big Easy for the big game - though not all were involved in the fundraiser. Here's a look at the fun had by all.

Storified by · Fri, Feb 08 2013 21:43:35

Jason Kinney, a communications consultant for the Senate Democrats, organized the fundraiser that involved tickets to the game, plus a cross country trip in a private plane with Sen. Kevin De Leon and lodging with him in a French Quarter rental home. Kinney posted these tweets from New Orleans on Friday night. He said these parties were not part of the fundraiser.
En route to Commissioner's Party. Does my Ronnie Lott jersey count as "business attire?" #NOLAJason Kinney
Now Rolling Stone party. Dress code doesn't seem to be an issue here. #NOlaJason Kinney
On Saturday, Sacramento political consultant Roger Salazar started tweeting about his trip to the Super Bowl. He said he was not part of the fundraiser, and flew on a commercial flight with two buddies.
Super Bowl Bound! SMF-LAS-MSY #sf2no #49ers #SB47 @49ersRoger Salazar
Flight full o' #49ers fans. #SF2NO @49ers_fans @49ers @ Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport... Salazar
Adam Keigwin, chief of staff to state Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco, was already in New Orleans. He said he paid his own way to get there and bought his ticket to the game for $950 from the 49ers. 
@RogerSalazar hurry up and get downtown. Way too many Raven fans here.Adam Keigwin
Kinney, meanwhile, said he was lunching with his wife in New Orleans on Saturday when they ran into Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco.
By count of colors, Ravens dominating Commander's Palace. Only 2 Niner tables: Kinneys & Pelosis. And, yes, Madame Leader is Kaepernicking.Jason Kinney
Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, had said earlier in the week that she'd be at the game rooting for the Niners, despite her Baltimore roots.
Divided loyalties for Super Bowl? Baltimore-born SF Dem Nancy Pelosi tells all (VIDEO) | Politics Blog | an blogHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be in New Orleans Sunday to watch the Super Bowl LXVII matchup between the San Francisco 49ers an...
Kinney and Salazar hit some parties on Saturday night.
GQ party! #thankyouRogerSalazarJason Kinney
Salazar posted this picture showing him (top left, holding the trumpet), former state Assemblyman Rusty Areias (bottom left, holding the beer bottle) and Kinney's wife Mary (middle, playing the trumpet).
Of course Justin is on the phone. #SF2NO #49ers #nola @49ers #SB47 #GQuperBowlParty Salazar
Sunday was the big game. Dustin Corcoran, chief executive of the California Medical Association - the lobbying group for the state's doctors - posted these tweets from the stadium. Corcoran
Awkwardly dark in the Superdome.Dustin Corcoran
Charu Khopkar, political director of the California Faculty Association, posted this apparent joke:
NOPD id's suspects who cut Superdome power: @jasonkinney, @akeigwin, @RogerSalazar, @jeffgozzo. Suspects are dressed in red, drunk & ornery.Charu Khopkar
"This kind of travel provides the well-heeled interests the opportunity to have significant amounts of face time with elected and other party officials, something that is not available to average Americans," said Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C. "And it is important not to underestimate how important that is in politics - being able to have somebody return your calls, know who you are and socialize."

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Capitol Alert: Who dat at the Super Bowl? Lobbyists and California lawmaker - sacbee.comBy Laurel Rosenhall and Torey Van Oot No matter that the 49ers lost, the Super Bowl was still a $60,000 win for the California Democratic...


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