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February 3, 2014 | By Paul Pringle and Abby Sewell
The FBI spoke with former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis about her role in a 2012 fundraiser for President Obama, but the candidate for Los Angeles County supervisor believes she did nothing wrong and doesn't know if the inquiry is continuing, her campaign consultant said Monday. Steve Barkan, the campaign advisor, said in a statement that Solis had a "cordial" meeting with the FBI in November 2012 - about eight months after the fundraiser at the La Fonda supper club in Los Angeles.
February 1, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- The 2014 money chase is in full swing in a number of key California Assembly races, according to campaign finance reports filed this week that offer a preview of the battleground districts that will be decisive in the Democrats' campaign to preserve their supermajority. In one closely-watched race, the Democratic incumbent, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva of Fullerton, lags slightly behind one Republican challenger, Young Kim, a staffer in the district office of Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton)
January 31, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- In two closely watched contests in the San Joaquin Valley, incumbent Republican Sens. Anthony Cannella and Andy Vidak hold early but significant leads in fundraising as they compete to hold onto newly drawn districts targeted by Democratic leaders. In the newly drawn 14th Senate District,  Vidak of Hanford (who currently represents the 16th District) is running for reelection to the upper house against two Democrats, Fresno School Board member Luis Chavez and King County Supervisor Richard Valle.
January 31, 2014 | By Anthony York
Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't officially declared his intention to seek a fourth term as governor this year, but he has $17 million available to spend on a campaign. Brown added $9.9 million to his reelection account during 2013, on top of the $7 million he had banked at the beginning of the year. The report also illustrates some of the unique advantages Brown enjoys in the campaign world, after a political career that has spanned six decades. His high name recognition and deep political connections have allowed him to avoid spending large sums on consultants and fundraisers.
January 31, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- With state Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) prevented by term limits from running for reelection, three high-profile politicians, two of them Republicans, have so far formed finance committees to raise money for the open 34th Senate District seat, and two have significant amounts of cash. The lone Democrat and fundraising leader is former Assemblyman Jose Solorio of Santa Ana, who reported Friday that he has raised $751,497 as of Dec. 31 for a campaign, with $440,000 left in his account to start the new year.
January 29, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Fashion blogger and designer Aimee Song of Song of Style and Soul Cycle are hosting a charity ride to benefit the Thompson-Mason Brain Cancer Foundation . The ride consists of a one-hour stationary bike class from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Soul Cycle West Hollywood, 8570 Sunset Blvd. in Sunset Plaza. The event is sponsored by Soffe Apparel . Tickets are $40 and may be purchased on eventbrite . All proceed are earmarked for the foundation, which aims to help low-income patients and their families.
January 9, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
An advocacy group is facing criticism for citing the case of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl declared-brain dead last month after a complex tonsillectomy in Oakland, to solicit donations for a campaign to raise a state-imposed cap on medical malpractice awards. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog sent out a fundraising appeal saying that, because of the $250,000 cap on pain and suffering awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, hospitals have an incentive "to let children like Jahi die. " Jahi was declared brain-dead Dec. 12, three days after undergoing surgery to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula at C hildren's Hospital & Research Center Oakland . At least three neurologists confirmed Jahi was unable to breathe on her own, had no blood flow to her brain and had no sign of electrical activity.
January 4, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Forget the chicken dinner, the rubbery staple of the political fundraising circuit. Go alligator hunting with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on a Louisiana Bayou Weekend for a campaign donation of $5,000. Or spend a weekend in Hayward, Wis., for the Lumberjack World Championships, featuring hometown Republican congressman and former lumberjack champion Sean P. Duffy, for a donation of $1,000 per person or $2,000 per political action committee. Or join Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey)
December 22, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
If you live in or near Los Angeles, you've probably seen television ads and billboards for the zoo. The San Diego Zoo, that is. While that zoo's marketing reach goes well beyond the borders of its city, the Los Angeles Zoo has a history of barely advertising itself at all, even within city limits. (For those who don't know, the zoo is in Griffith Park.) Los Angeles officials and zoo boosters all agree that the zoo, which is owned by the city and answers to the City Council, needs to be more aggressively marketed.
December 18, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
'Tis the season for nonprofit arts organizations to make year-end pitches to potential donors who might be induced to spread some comfort and joy while perhaps locking in a nice income tax deduction. The most naked plea of all is probably the one above from L.A.'s Antaeus Company, the North Hollywood classical stage troupe that last year launched a tradition of posting humorous year-end fundraising videos on its website's homepage and on YouTube. This year's title is “Naked Actors Need Costumes” - a message driven home by more than a dozen members of the Antaeus acting ensemble who make a full-frontal appeal to viewers to send money so the nonprofit company can meet its manifold needs, not least of which is cladding performers more appropriately.
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