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April 2, 2010
Republicans party but aren't raising much money

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The Republican Party hit a few bumps this week, what with l'affaire d Erik Brown.

Brown, in case you missed it, is (or was) the Republican consultant who billed the Republican National Committee $1,946 for "meals" at a Hollywood nightclub that is said to have a bondage theme.

Embarrassing though that was, the GOP in California has far bigger problems. In its latest campaign finance filing, the California Republican Party disclosed that it has $1.4 million in the bank, and $324,000 in unpaid bills.

The California Democratic Party, by contrast, reported this week that it has $9.132 million in the bank, and a mere $3,073 in debt.

The GOP would have been in far worse shape, but for $250,000 from Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, and $510,000 from A. Jerrold Perenchio, the wealthy former chairman of Univision.

As several others have reported, Brown and his firm, Dynamic Marketing, Inc., had numerous California clients. But little noticed was that his clients included Mike Duvall, the former assemblyman who resigned after he was caught talking on a hot microphone in a Capitol hearing room about a lobbyist he claimed wore "eye patch" underwear.

Duvall paid Brown $40,522 between 2006 and 2008. Duvall reported that some of the money was for campaign literature. But for $33,104, Duvall offered no description.

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