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Legislators raise more than $380k in days before session closes

Sitting members of the California Legislature have raised more than $380,000 during the last five days, as lobbyists and special interest groups scramble to push their bills through the Assembly and Senate before this year's legislative session draws to a close.

Before we dig in deeper later this week, we thought we'd show you how things are stacking up.

The Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association, which is pushing a slate of bills related to mobile homes and property taxes, has contributed the most, giving $22,700 to nine different lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

The Consumer Attorneys of California, which backed legislation that would streamline jury trials as well as several other bills, gave more than $14,000.

Groups representing telecommunications, insurance companies, doctors and pharmaceutical companies round out the top of the list, which you can see here as a Google spreadsheet. The biggest donors are listed below:

DONOR AMOUNT
WESTERN MANUFACTURED HOUSING COMMUNITIES PAC $22,700
CONSUMER ATTORNEYS PAC $14,300
COOPERATIVE OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS STATE PAC $12,000
SPRINT NEXTEL $10,500
ANTHEM BLUE CROSS $10,300
CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY $7,803.73
MIKE GATTO FOR ASSEMBLY 2010 $7,800
SAN DIEGO-IMPERIAL COUNTIES CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL $7,800
PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH & MANUFACTURERS OF AMERICA PAC $7,450
CALIFORNIA MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION PAC $7,000

Later this week, we'll dig a little deeper into each of these groups to see what they might have had to gain from the Legislature's last-minute rush.

Meanwhile, it's worth noting that some candidates came out better than others.

Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, who narrowly beat Republican Abram Wilson for the East Bay-area 15th District in 2008, brought in the most: more than $26,000 over the last five days, although about $15,000 came from party sources and fellow legislators who are trying to beef up her coffers for a rematch against Wilson in November.

Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick raised about $19,000, and Democrat Manuel Perez of Coachella has raised about $18,000 for what many expect to be a tight race against businessman Steve Sanchez.

Here's how the totals stack up between last Thursday and yesterday afternoon. Several officials, such as Tom Berryhill and Dave Jones, are running for new offices (state senate and insurance commissioner, respectively) and drew some of their money from sources outside the legislative scramble:

CANDIDATE, LOCATION, CURRENT POSITION TOTAL
JOAN BUCHANAN, D-Alamo, Assembly $26,603.73
MARTIN GARRICK, R-Solana Beach, Assembly $19,600
MANUEL PEREZ, D-Coachella, Assembly $18,200
GEORGE RUNNER, R-Antelope Valley, Senate $17,500
TED GAINES, R-Roseville, Assembly $16,800
DAVE JONES, D-Sacramento, Assembly $16,000
TOM BERRYHILL, R-Modesto, Assembly $13,550
KEVIN DE LEON, D-Los Angeles, Assembly $13,400
JOEL ANDERSON, R-San Diego, Assembly $12,300
FELIPE FUENTES, D-Sylmar, Assembly $11,900

 

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