Black Women and Money

Republicans likely won’t deliver the Golden State’s 55 electoral votes. Those are almost certainly President Barack Obama’s. But the monied GOP can deliver cash.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, has already found this area to be fertile fundraising ground.

Through March, he had raised more than $280,000 from donors in the region, more than three times as much as Obama. Half of that total came in a single month, last September, when he held a breakfast fundraiser at the home of two Fresno supporters.

Wednesday’s event at John and Carole Harris’ home will likely more than triple that amount.

– By John Ellis

Boehner mines Fresno for campaign cash

Republican House Speaker John Boehner came through Fresno on Tuesday as part of a California fundraising swing.

Boehner held a dinner event at Harris Construction near Fresno-Yosemite International Airport. Harris Construction is owned by prominent local businessman Richard Spencer.

Westside grower Mark Borba said the event was “outstanding.” He said Boehner spent time during a pre-dinner cocktail reception talking with attendees, then even stayed after the meal — a rarity for politicians at their own fundraisers — to chat.

Around 200 attended. The money raised went to the “Boehner for Speaker” fund, which Johnny Amaral, chief of staff for Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, said doesn’t mean the money is only for Boehner.

It will be spread among dozens of Republican hopefuls across the nation, Amaral said. None is specifically earmarked for any Valley hopefuls, although some could make its way back here, he said.

– By John Ellis

Assembly GOP hopefuls make cash push

It’s crunch time in the 23rd Assembly District race, the Fresno-area’s hottest political battle, and the two best-known candidates have done their part by quickly raising enough cash to run respectable campaigns.

The thing is, the 23rd is anything but predictable.

For starters, there’s the state’s new “Top Two” primary, in which the two top finishers in next month’s primary election move on to the November general election, regardless of political party.

The 23rd is strongly Republican, but there are four Republicans running. On the other hand, there’s just one Democrat. While Democrats are in the minority, they still exist in the district.

One line of thinking says the four Republicans split up the vote so much that that lone Democrat, Richard Rojas, finishes second — or even first — in the primary. That leaves the four Republicans to battle it out for the other spot.

That Rojas could finish that high turns conventional campaign wisdom on its head because he has filed a campaign short-form statement that says: “I anticipate that I will receive less than $1,000 and that I will spend less than $1,000 during the calendar year.”

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