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February 12, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Responding to the fallout over a six-figure ethics violation fine for one of Sacramento's top lobbyists, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is proposing a measure that would prohibit lobbyists from hosting fundraisers at their home.  Kevin Sloat and his firm agreed Monday to pay a record administrative fine of $133,500 to the Fair Political Practices Commission, after the ethics agency found that the lobbyist had made improper, non-monetary campaign contributions to lawmakers when he provided expensive wine, liquor and cigars at fundraisers hosted at his home.
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NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly dismissed the nearly $1 million his GOP rival Neel Kashkari raised in the two weeks since entering the race, saying that the former U.S. Treasury official is too similar to incumbent Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to offer a real contrast for voters. “I don't think he has a chance. I don't care if he raises $10 million, I just don't think he has a chance,” Donnelly said in an interview Wednesday evening. “Why would people go for a Jerry Brown copy when they could have the real thing?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - A prominent lobbying firm in Sacramento faces fines for failing to report fund-raising expenses that benefited about 40 state legislators and other officials, according to Capitol sources. The firm, Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates, reached a tentative agreement with staff of the state Fair Political Practices Commission to pay the fines involving violations of California's political disclosure rules, according to sources familiar with the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By David Ng
One of the defining collaborations of Philip Seymour Hoffman's career was his long association with New York's Labyrinth Theater Company, which he helped to found and where he served as an artistic director for many years. A new fundraising campaign, organized in part by actor Edward Norton, was launched earlier this week in Hoffman's memory that is intended to benefit the Labyrinth. The Crowdrise campaign has so far raised nearly $12,000 for the company. "All donations made here by admirers or friends will go to support the Labyrinth in celebration of Phil's great talent, his enormous contributions and his spirit," says the campaign.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The things people do for charity. Bestselling author Neil Gaiman promised he would read "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss if the fundraising campaign for Worldbuilders reached $500,000. With about five days left to go, it did. Calling the book "rather wonderful," a slightly rumpled Gaiman read the children's book classic. As he explains on his blog, Gaiman is "very beardy, because I am not going out in public, and am just writing. " Founded by author Patrick Rothfuss, Worldbuilders holds a different fundraiser each year for Heifer International.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Paul Pringle
The FBI spoke to former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis about her role in a 2012 fundraiser for President Obama , but she believes she did nothing wrong and does not know if the authorities are still investigating, her campaign consultant said Monday. Steve Barkan, a consultant for Solis' Board of Supervisors campaign, said in a statement that she had a “cordial” meeting with the FBI in November 2012 -- some eight months after the fundraiser at La Fonda supper club in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Paul Pringle and Abby Sewell
A spokesman for former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Monday it would be "inappropriate" for the L.A. county supervisorial candidate to say if she informed the president about an FBI inquiry into her involvement in a 2012 fundraiser for the Obama reelection campaign. Steve Barkan, who is advising Solis' county campaign, said in a statement that she had a “cordial” meeting with the FBI in November 2012 about her role inthe fundraiser at the La Fonda supper club in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Jean Merl
Former Republican state legislator Tony Strickland has launched the first radio ad in the race for an open Santa Clarita/Antelope Valley area congressional seat. And the narrator of the ad is none other than retiring Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), the man Strickland and several others want to replace. "Hi, I'm Congressman Buck McKeon, and I've been fighting liberals in Washington since before it was cool," the ad begins.  McKeon continues, saying nice things about Strickland, a former state senator from neighboring Ventura County, whom he endorsed when he announced his retirement last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl have a considerable fundraising jump over their rivals for two open seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, new campaign reports show. Solis raised $518,000 and reported $433,000 cash on hand at the end of December in a filing covering the second half of 2013. She announced last year that she was running to replace outgoing Supervisor Gloria Molina in the 1st District, which covers downtown, East Los Angeles and portions of eastern L.A. County.
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