As our friends at the Sunlight Foundation have noted in their Party Time blog, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is getting ready to embark on a California fundraising blitz, which will take him down the Pacific Coast, from San Francisco to Bel Air, early next week.
Facing a tough re-election fight, Reid has been drumming up cash from all across the country this year. 72 percent of the money he has raised has come from outside Nevada – by far his highest proportion of out-of-state fundraising since at least 1998, records show.
The Golden State has been particularly kind to the Democrat, contributing more than $923,000 this election cycle. That’s almost as much as Reid’s home state of Nevada, which has given $927,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
According to Party Time, next week’s receptions will be hosted by Norah and Bruce Broillet, Joseph M. Alioto, and George and Judy Marcus – all prominent Democratic donors.
The Broillets have given more than $288,000 to Democrats since 1989 and $10,000 during the last year alone, including $5,000 to Barbara Boxer’s PAC for a Change. Bruce Broillet was also a bundler for John Edwards.
Alioto, son of former San Francisco Mayor Joseph L. Alioto, gave $28,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2008 and his family has donated to Reid in the past. Marcus founded Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services Inc. and has a history of donating generously to Democrats.
Not to be outdone, U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, is also slated for a California fundraising trip in March.
Boehner's trip will include a stop at La Quinta Resort in Palm Desert, which will be hosting a golf tournament for the Republican leader.