The green parties

What does a big check buy? With some lawmakers, a lot more than you might think (see “The daily bread of politics"). Here’s a look at some of this year’s more interesting fund-raisers (as listed in the Capitol Morning Report).

Event: Breakfast-on-the-Go with coffee bar, smoothie bar, fruit and pastries
Host: Assemblywoman Carol Liu, D-Pasadena
Time and place: February 25 at 8 a.m., the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Tickets: $1,000
Liu, who is in her second term, chairs the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee.

Event: luxury box for the Sacramento Kings vs. the Philadelphia 76ers
Host: Assemblyman Tim Leslie, R-Roseville
Time and place: March 3 at 7 p.m., Arco Arena
Tickets: $1,000
Leslie has been a lawmaker since 1986—sitting in the Assembly, Senate and now the Assembly again. He’s not a titan, but he did push a law to legalize the sale of churros from a cart. And he sang his high school’s American Indian-themed fight song during a floor debate about American Indian mascots. Arco Arena is just outside of his district.

Event: Casino Night
Host: Assemblyman Jerome Horton, D-Inglewood
Time and place: March 10 at 5:30 p.m., the Sterling Hotel
Tickets: host, $5,000; patron, $3,000; ticket, $2,000
Horton chairs the powerful Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, which regulates Indian gaming and horse racing, among other things.

Event: Leadership Development Dinner, featuring The Temptations
Host: Legislative Black Caucus
Time and place: April 16 at 6:30 p.m., the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Tickets: co-chair (platinum dinner seating for 10), $25,000; host (gold dinner seating for 10), $15,000; sponsor (silver dinner seating for 10), $10,000
Members are: Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson, D-Culver City; Assemblyman Merv Dymally, D-Compton; Assemblyman Jerome Horton, D-Inglewood; Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles; Senator Kevin Murray, D-Culver City; and Senator Edward Vincent, D-Inglewood.

Event: reception and Broadway Series performance of Les Misérables
Host: Assemblyman Ed Chavez, D-La Puente
Time and place: April 23 at 8 p.m., Sacramento Community Center Theater
Tickets: director’s package (four tickets), $2,000; spotlight package (two tickets), $1,500
Chavez chairs the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee.

Event: Jim Battin Desert Classic Golf Tournament (box lunch provided)
Host: Senator Jim Battin, R-Palm Desert
Time and place: May 2 at 11:30 a.m., PGA West Greg Norman Golf Course in Palm Springs
Tickets: $6,000 per foursome (“If you purchase a foursome, please let us know if you will be bringing four players or would like to bring three players and host a legislator”); $1,500 per player; $500 for tee sponsorship; $250 for five mulligans (“Buying mulligans in advance could give you the edge!”)
As a Republican, Battin doesn’t chair anything of importance, but he sits on the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, which regulates gambling. Battin recently made headlines by soliciting Indian tribes that own casinos to hire his media-buying company as a consultant (he later backed off).

Event: Picnic with 1960s pop star Kathy Young
Host: Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher, R-Brea
Time and place: June 5 at 5 p.m., Pete’s Ponderosa in Yorba Linda
Tickets: co-chair (20 tickets), $1,500; co-host (10 tickets), $750; or single ticket, $75
Daucher chairs the Aging and Long Term Care Committee. She’s an ex-teacher, and education is one of her biggest issues. Kathy Young became famous as a teenager in the early 1960s when she made the hit “A Thousand Stars.”

Event: breakfast reception featuring Jamba Juice and specialty coffees
Host: Assemblyman John Campbell, R-Irvine
Time and place: June 11 at 8 a.m., California Restaurant Association office
Tickets: $1,000
Campbell is the point man on budget issues for the Assembly Republican Caucus. Checks collected at this event were to finance his bid for state Senate.

Event: private suite at Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake concert
Host: Assemblyman Ron Calderon, D-Whittier
Time and place: June 13 at 7:30 p.m., Arco Arena
Tickets: $2,000 for two tickets; $1,500 for an individual ticket
Calderon, a freshman and former legislative staffer, doesn’t chair much, but he sits on the Appropriations Committee, the Banking and Finance Committee and the Insurance Committee.


Event: reception featuring fine Temecula ports and Dominican cigars
Host: Senator Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Murrieta
Time and place: June 18 at 5:30 p.m., Virga’s Courtyard
Tickets: $1,000
Hollingsworth won an Assembly seat in 2000 and then a Senate seat in 2002. This event was for his 2006 re-election bid. Temecula is in his wine-producing district.