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Democratic Sen. Noreen Evans hosted a fundraiser at her Santa Rosa home last night, billed as a "night under the redwoods" for those willing to give at least $1,000 to her 2014 re-election campaign.

Donors were invited to "enjoy a catered, multi-course meal of delicious, organic local foods," according to the invitation, ingesting and imbibing "the best that Sonoma County has to offer."

Thing is, Evans announced 10 days earlier that she doesn't plan to seek re-election next year.

The Senator wouldn't answer The Bee's questions about why she's raising money after announcing she's not seeking re-election, but had her campaign consultant Terry Price give us a call. He said Evans' campaign committee has certain ongoing expenses -- such as bookkeeping and office supplies -- that continue even though she's not actively campaigning.

"There are some things that need time to wind down and she needs a little money to pay off those expenses," Price said.

As of June 30, Evans' 2014 account had about $10,600 on hand, records show. Campaign expenditures include payments to her son Joel Evans-Fudem, who does what Price described as secretarial and database work. Evans paid her son $19,113.39 between January 2011 and June 30 of this year.

PHOTO: Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, speaks with Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, in the Capitol on Monday, March 11, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua



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