A group backed by Realtors, cable firms and a beer company has contributed to a legal defense fund set up by state Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello), whose offices were raided by FBI agents as part of a Capitol corruption investigation.
The first check to Calderon’s fund is for $5,000 and comes from a political committee called Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy.
The committee’s biggest financial backers this year are the California Real Estate Political Action Committee and the Board of Realtors Political Action Committee. Other large contributors include Anheuser Busch Cos. and the California Cable Telecommunications Political Action Committee.
The Realtors have supported Calderon politically in the past, but their contributions to the Californians for Jobs group was meant to support moderate Democrats generally, said Alex Creel, a vice president of the group. The money was contributed to the Californians for Jobs group long before the raid on Calderon's office and was not specifically meant for the legal defense fund, Creel added.