An invitation has just landed in the in-boxes of California conservatives inviting them to a conference call with Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday to discuss his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination and invite their participation -- particularly in the all-important realm of fundraising.
The invitation is impressive for the big-name California political and business leaders listed on it, testament to the fast work of Perry's new but nimble California campaign supporters.
The list on the email invitation does not include the business or political affiliations of the donors, but many are recognizable.
They include: Edward Atsinger, chief executive of Salem Communications a Christian-oriented broadcasting company; Jay Hoffman, a Reagan administration veteran and international consultant; Joe Czyzyk, chief executive of Mercury Air, the worldwide aviation services company based in southern California; Michael Warder, a political commentator and a vice chancellor at Pepperdine University; Fred Sands, Los Angeles investor and developer, who has led Vintage Capital Group and Vintage Real Estate; Michael and Dean Spanos, executives with the influential Spanos construction and development companies and owners of the San Diego Chargers; Rock Zierman, ceo of the California Independent Petroleum Association; Steve Chazen, president and chief financial officer ofOccidental Petroleum.