SACRAMENTO: California Senate, end-of-session fundraising, impact, new rules: "California senators' final-month fundraising down from 2013" ....
Sacramento Bee: "California senators' final-month fundraising down from 2013" - From the Bee:
The California Senate’s curb on end-of-session fundraising has sharply cut into the flow of political cash to senators’ campaign accounts, even as some in the upper house run afoul of a rule that bans contributions from donors that have Capitol lobbyists.
The Senate adopted the fundraising blackout in June, after a string of ethics scandals. Two and Ron Calderon, face corruption charges and a third, Rod Wright, was convicted of lying about where he lived when he ran for the Senate in 2008. All three have been suspended from the 40-member house, with pay.
Lawmakers said the new rule is meant to ensure that senators are “insulated from extraneous matters that may divert their attention from the legislative work before them.” If so, senators these days should be focused on their legislative work as never before: senators received about $75,000 from Aug. 4 through Tuesday – about 6 percent of the $1.3 million they took in during the final month of the 2013 legislative year, records show.
The Assembly’s 79 members, meanwhile, continue to rake in the end-of-session money. . . . . . . .
The chart below shows day-by-day fundraising totals for Senate members during the final month of the 2013 legislative year and from Aug. 4 through Tuesday......................