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October 7, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Entering the final 30-day stretch of the campaign, President Obama sets off for Los Angeles on Sunday for a trip that maximizes the three pillars of his reelection bid: money, the advantages of incumbency and a relentless focus on the field operation. One day after his campaign announced that it raised $181 million in September - a sum just shy of what it raised in July and August combined - the president is expected to add at least an additional $5 million in two events Sunday night.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- A coalition of healthcare providers and insurance companies has amassed a massive financial show of force as they prepare to fight an effort to raise limits on medical malpractice awards. The opposition campaign had $31.3 million at the end of December, almost entirely in loans, according to a report filed Friday. The loans allow the contributors to retract their money if the proposed initiative does not qualify for the November ballot. Meanwhile, supporters had just $374,843 in the bank at the end of December, but all of their resources came from cash contributions.
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OPINION
November 10, 2011
Cain's troubles Re "Cain struggles to right his ship," Nov. 9 Beyond providing the media with a lurid feeding frenzy, allegations of sexual improprieties lodged against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain serve two purposes. First, we are reminded of how the GOP downplayed similar allegations against Clarence Thomas to ramrod his improvident appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Second, the Cain imbroglio conveniently diverts scrutiny from Mitt Romney, expediting his coronation as the Republicans' nominee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1994 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
Newcomer Arthur Kay has the largest campaign fund of the eight candidates for San Fernando City Council, reporting $36,720 in contributions received, according to the most recent financial disclosure statements for the upcoming April 12 election. Kay's fund--$34,000 of which comes from his own law firm--amounts to about $6 for every registered voter in the city.
NEWS
February 5, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) raised nearly $2 million in 1987, ending the year with a $1.2-million campaign war chest for the campaigns of Assembly Democrats, according to financial disclosure reports filed with the secretary of state. Campaign finance statements covering the period of July 1 to Dec. 31, 1987, were required to be mailed to the secretary of state's office by Monday, and reports from the state's top officeholders are still trickling in through the mails.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2006 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
CALIFORNIANS have suffered another barrage of political TV ads this season, but none has been more pervasive than those for and against Prop. 87. The measure, which would tax state oil producers to fund alternative energy programs, has become the most expensive referendum in American history, with estimated total costs of more than $150 million. Polls show that early support for the measure has faded over the last few weeks.
NEWS
November 5, 1985 | DOUGLAS SHUIT, Times Staff Writer
Republican Gov. George Deukmejian on Monday night boosted the war chest for his still unannounced reelection campaign to more than $3 million at a fund-raising dinner in Orange County. Larry Thomas, Deukmejian's press secretary, said the governor had sold about 900 tickets to the $250-a-plate dinner at the Irvine Hilton, taking in $225,000. "That brings us up to more than $3 million," he said.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2003 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
When President Bush appears at two California fund-raisers today, a luncheon in Fresno and a reception in Riverside, he will be padding a campaign war chest already bulging with $70 million and well on a pace toward an all-time record. Officials at the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign reported Tuesday that the president and his team had raised $83.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1986 | LANIE JONES, Times Political Writer
Although the two Democrats in the 38th Congressional District race are feverishly raising money to beat each other in the June 3 primary, for pure fund-raising skill they still can't beat Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove), the Democrats' target in the November general election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - He has millions of dollars in his campaign account, solid approval ratings and a small number of potential challengers who are virtually unknown, but Gov. Jerry Brown still won't say whether he'll run for reelection next year. As recently as Tuesday, the governor deflected the question at a public event. "I am aware that in November of next year there will be an election," he said, "and I will make some decisions regarding that. " Two days later, he joined deep-pocketed Hollywood luminaries in a campaign fundraiser at the Bel-Air home of Disney studio chief Alan Horn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2013 | Catherine Saillant
Voters from opposite ends of the San Fernando Valley are preparing to vote on two L.A. City Council seats pitting well-known state lawmakers leading in both fundraising and major endorsements against an array of lesser-known contenders. Former Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar), along with three other candidates, is looking to replace veteran lawmaker Richard Alarcon in the northeast Valley's 7th District. In the West Valley, Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) is targeting the 3rd District seat being vacated by Dennis Zine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
Wendy Greuel's success in winning support of key city employee unions has enabled her to jump ahead of rivals in TV advertising in the Los Angeles mayor's race and left her chief opponent, Eric Garcetti, scrambling to slow her momentum. With voting by mail beginning today, Greuel, the city controller, holds an enviable spot: For nearly a week, she has had the airwaves to herself. In a city where many voters know little or nothing about the eight people vying to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, first impressions will matter.
NEWS
October 7, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Entering the final 30-day stretch of the campaign, President Obama sets off for Los Angeles on Sunday for a trip that maximizes the three pillars of his reelection bid: money, the advantages of incumbency and a relentless focus on the field operation. One day after his campaign announced that it raised $181 million in September - a sum just shy of what it raised in July and August combined - the president is expected to add at least an additional $5 million in two events Sunday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Last year, as Gov. Jerry Brown hammered out final details of the state budget, he huddled around a conference table with three of the most powerful people in state government: the Assembly speaker, the Senate leader - and Joe Nuñez, chief lobbyist for the California Teachers Assn. California was on the edge of fiscal crisis. Negotiations had come down to one sticking point: Brown and the legislators would balance the books by assuming that billions of dollars in extra revenue would materialize, then cut deeply from schools if it didn't.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2012 | By Jason Song and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
It's election season at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and once again what passes for a campaign is taking on surreal qualities. Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe has collected nearly $352,000 for his reelection bid from an array of contractors, builders, developers and casinos, even though no major challenger was on the horizon and he's now running unopposed. Two of Knabe's colleagues have raised more than $800,000 between them. One has no challenger and the other faces a little-known Palmdale convenience store owner who has pledged to spend less than $1,000 on his campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1994 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
Of seven candidates running for three open San Fernando City Council seats, newcomer Arthur M. Kay, a lawyer, has by far the largest election campaign fund, reporting $17,000 in total contributions received. According to campaign disclosure statements filed last week, all of Kay's money came from his law firm, Law Offices of Arthur Kay.
NEWS
August 2, 1985 | DOUGLAS SHUIT, Times Staff Writer
California Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird has amassed a war chest of more than $450,000, but her opponents have already spent nearly $1 million in an effort to defeat her in what is shaping up as a tough confirmationelection next year, contribution records showed Thursday. Bird's report of campaign contributions shows that most of her money came from lawyers; she also received checks from judges and entertainment industry figures.
OPINION
November 10, 2011
Cain's troubles Re "Cain struggles to right his ship," Nov. 9 Beyond providing the media with a lurid feeding frenzy, allegations of sexual improprieties lodged against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain serve two purposes. First, we are reminded of how the GOP downplayed similar allegations against Clarence Thomas to ramrod his improvident appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Second, the Cain imbroglio conveniently diverts scrutiny from Mitt Romney, expediting his coronation as the Republicans' nominee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2011 | By Jean Merl and Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Many Southern California lawmakers in hot primary contests have been raising money at a brisk pace ahead of the June congressional races, reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show. Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village) — who will face off against Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) in what many political experts believe could become the most expensive House race in history — brought in more than $800,000 between July 1 and Sept. 30, according to documents posted on the FEC website over the weekend.
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