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December 8, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Newt Gingrich witnessed the Occupy movement up close and personal Wednesday night. Protesters crashed his presidential fundraiser at a restaurant next to the storied Willard InterContinental Hotel in downtown D.C., about a baseball's throw from the White House. According to reports, only a handful of protesters were able to enter the hotel and none of them made it to Gingrich. Instead, they held a rally outside and peered through the restaurant's glass windows as Gingrich met with members of Congress and lobbyists seeking contributions to help him fuel is newfound Newtmentum.
April 6, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - The most shameful habit of California legislators arguably is their annual summer shakedown of lobbyists. But it finally may be ending, at least in the Senate. Senate leaders - rocked by the corruption scandals of two fellow Democrats - are hoping to quash the unsavory practice of coercing campaign contributions from special interests while high-stakes bills are pending in the Capitol. Outgoing leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and his designated replacement, Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles)
March 18, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Democratic state senators gathered in La Jolla over the weekend to enjoy rounds of golf and high-priced meals and lodging at an annual fundraiser paid for largely by an association of cable television companies seeking favorable treatment on legislation. The 2013 Pro Tem Cup hosted by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg at Torrey Pines Golf Course is a major fundraiser for the state Democratic Party. The event's lead sponsor each year is the California Cable and Telecommunications Assn., which last year reported contributing $100,000 to the party around the time of the fundraiser.
April 6, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan, David Zahniser and Doug Smith
In January, President Obama announced a block-by-block approach to relieving poverty in Los Angeles. Federal money, he said, would pour into a newly created Promise Zone. The boundaries encompassed crowded immigrant communities around MacArthur Park and Koreatown, as well as upscale areas of Hollywood and Los Feliz. Left out was South L.A., where the poverty rate is higher. The exclusion stunned many South L.A. leaders. The strategy, presidential aides said, was to concentrate resources in communities where nonprofits or public agencies had already received one of the Obama administration's signature urban renewal grants.
July 25, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
WASHINGTON -- Oscar winner Robert Duvall is bringing a little Hollywood cachet to the Mitt Romney fundraising effort. Duvall and his wife, Luciana, are to host Romney supporters at their home in rural Virginia in early September, according to an invitation obtained by the National Journal . Ann Romney is also slated to appear. Tickets range from $2,500 per person to attend a general reception to $25,000 a head for dinner. It's not the first time the actor, whose film credits include "To Kill A Mockingbird," " The Godfather, " The Godfather Part II" and "Apocalypse Now," has gotten involved with Republican politics.
September 28, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- Things have been looking so good for President Obama lately that he's starting to worry they might be too good. Speaking at a fundraiser on Friday night, Obama told his supporters not to pop the champagne too early.  "This is going to be a race,” the president told a group of donors at the home of Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) “We're going to have to work our hearts out over the next 39 days. " "I don't want anyone to feel that somehow we're done six weeks out.” Obama has enjoyed a string of improved polling numbers in important swing states this week, while his opponent, Mitt Romney, continues to struggle with fallout from his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad last week.
July 28, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
JERUSALEM -- Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who has committed more than $30 million to independent efforts to defeat President Obama, is expected to be among the donors mingling with Mitt Romney on Monday at a fundraiser in Jerusalem. But the Romney campaign has decided to bar reporters from that event -- breaking the protocol of an agreement developed with reporters and the campaign months ago. The presumed Republican nominee's campaign opened fundraisers to a small pool of reporters in May, as long as they were being held in public venues like hotels and restaurants.
August 6, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - As his campaign gets outdone again on the fundraising front , President Obama is returning to one of his most reliable sources for cash: Hollywood types. It'll be familiar faces, different backdrop for Monday night's fundraising trip to a tony town in Connecticut. Producer Harvey Weinstein is hosting Obama at his Westport home. Actress Anne Hathaway and screenwriter and producer Aaron Sorkin are also listed as co-hosts for the $35,800-a-ticket soiree. Paul Newman's widow, Joanne Woodward, is also expected to attend, along with about 60 others.
October 23, 2013 | By Anthony York
Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't yet announced if he will seek an unprecedented fourth term as California governor next year, but his fundraising schedule suggests strongly that he will. Next month, Disney's Alan Horn, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and other Hollywood powerhouses will host a Bel-Air fundraiser for the governor. The event, first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, will ask guests to pay at least $5,000 per person to attend. At the end of 2012, Brown had more than $10 million in a campaign account for his 2014 reelection.
August 1, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -- As Democrats gathered at Pebble Beach for the annual Speaker's Cup fundraiser over the Cinco de Mayo weekend, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon was among the dozens of lobbyists, consultants, corporate executives and elected officials on hand for the world-class golf, four-star cuisine and political schmoozing. But when he was spotted by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles), the host of the event, Perez had his aides ask Calderon to leave. Calderon obliged, and a $20,000 check which Calderon's client, Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, wrote for Calderon's ticket to the event was refunded, according to campaign finance records filed with the secretary of state's office this week.
April 1, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - Stung by criminal cases involving three state senators, Democratic legislative leaders vowed Tuesday to reassess their campaign finance practices, and canceled a lucrative golf fundraiser scheduled for this weekend. The promise of self-scrutiny among Senate Democrats was just one way last week's criminal complaint against Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) detailing public corruption and arms trafficking charges continues to reverberate through the Capitol. Also on Tuesday, federal agents were again present in a legislative office building, searching a room used by Yee as an overflow office, according to Senate workers.
March 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell
Thanks to a big roster of small contributors and a sizable chunk from his own pocket, Los Angeles County supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver has jumped ahead of rival Sheila Kuehl in gathering campaign cash for the race to replace incumbent Zev Yaroslavsky, finance statements show. In addition to donating $300,000 of his own money, Shriver collected $547,736 from a list that reads like a who's who of the entertainment industry, including talk show host Oprah Winfrey, actor Tom Hanks and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
March 19, 2014 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Philippe Vergne says his first task as the new director of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art is not to act quickly but to think and plan deeply. On the job less than two weeks after extensive past experience as director of New York's Dia Art Foundation and top curator and deputy director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Vergne spelled out no immediate changes Wednesday and said he'll look to MOCA's past achievements for guidance. GRAPHIC: MOCA's ups and downs with Jeffrey Deitch "The most important priority is to look at the programming and reimagine the program" of exhibitions and events, he said as he joined Lilly Tartikoff Karatz and Maurice Marciano, MOCA's new board co-chairs, and Maria Seferian, the museum's interim director before his arrival, for a discussion with Los Angeles Times reporters and editors.
March 11, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Paul Pringle
A federal grand jury in Washington took testimony last year about then-U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis' role in a 2012 fundraiser for President Obama's reelection, according to a woman who said she appeared before the panel. Whittier resident Rebecca Zapanta, who is prominent in Latino political and philanthropic circles, told The Times she was summoned to testify in June about telephone conversations she had with Solis, now a leading candidate for an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
March 7, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
While the mystery of whether Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto is actually Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of bitcoin, continues to swirl, Reddit users are rallying to help a man whose world has been turned upside down by the sudden deluge of media attention. Andreas M. Antonopoulos , a serial entrepreneur and the chief security officer of Blockchain, has launched a campaign to raise money for Dorian Nakamoto. In a post on Reddit , Antonopoulos wrote:  "If this person is not Satoshi, then these funds will serve as a 'sorry for what happened to you,' help with medical bills his family is facing, any legal bills they may incur, or anything else.
March 2, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - The two men are best friends, a burly odd couple pounding down meaty sandwiches at a steakhouse here. The mood was heavy. One will soon take a long trip to a place the other has been before, where the beds are hard and so is the time. In a few weeks, former Hells Angel Charles "Pee-wee" Goldsmith, 57, will enter the state prison system for a stretch of two to five years - convicted on a host of charges following a 2008 brawl at a downtown wedding chapel between rival motorcycle gangs.
May 10, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
As political fundraisers go, it's set to be an "Avengers"-sized blockbuster: One hundred and fifty wealthy Democrats will dine with President Obama at George Clooney's Studio City home Thursday night, at a party that organizers expect to gross $15 million for the president's re-election campaign - the highest amount ever raised at such an event. High-profile guests including Robert Downey Jr., Tobey Maguire, Barbra Streisand, director-producer J.J. Abrams, producer Nina Jacobson, Creative Artists Agency partner Bryan Lourd and ICM President Chris Silbermann are attending the dinner, which was organized by DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and his political advisor, Andy Spahn.
March 25, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Actress Karen Black, who's been battling cancer for more than two years, has turned to the public for help to pay for an experimental treatment in Europe - and as of Monday afternoon, the crowdfunding plea was working. The 73-year-old, Oscar-nominated as supporting actress in 1970's "Five Easy Pieces" with Jack Nicholson, has worked steadily for more than 40 years but is best known for her work in 1970s films including "Airport 1975," "The Day of the Locust" and "Nashville. " Diagnosed with ampullary cancer in November 2010, she immediately had a third of her pancreas removed, her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, said on the " Help Karen Beat Cancer " GoFundMe webpage, launched on March 14. After chemo, she was declared disease-free in mid-2011.  It didn't last, he said.
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers would be prohibited from raising campaign funds for more than three months at the end of each legislative session under legislation proposed Thursday by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima). The blackout on fundraising would apply to the 100 days before the end of each session, the last day of a session and the seven days after a session concludes. The proposal is part of a package of bills offered by Padilla that he said are aimed at strengthening the state Political Reform Act. Padilla would also end the practice of politicians maintaining campaign committees and raising money for more than one office at the same time.
February 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 San Fernando is putting together a barbecue on Saturday  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the football field to raise funds for former head coach Sean Blunt, who has colon cancer. Blunt, who was an All-City player at San Fernando and has been a physical education teacher at the school, has two sons. Baseball Coach Armando Gomez said he hopes the San Fernando community will come out in support of Blunt.  
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