Free baseball tickets make state senator Kevin De Leon grin.
  • Free baseball tickets make state senator Kevin De Leon grin.

Over at San Diego–based utility giant Sempra Energy, the lobbyists’ handouts were more sizable than those at Barona. Miguel Martinez, field deputy for Democratic assemblyman John Perez, got two admissions to a December 28 event at L.A.’s Staples Center along with meals with a total value of $280. Records show that the L.A. Clippers played the Utah Jazz that day. Sempra also forked over $143 for Democratic senator Kevin De Leon to see a Dodgers game on October 14. He is expected to become the next senate pro tem later this year. San Diego’s own freshman Democratic assembly member Lorena Gonzalez had to settle for a $18.18 December 4 repast at Mission Bay’s Red Marlin Restaurant. …

His Torrey Pines golfing fundraiser here last month drew the interest of CNN, but Juan Vargas isn’t about to stop his campaign-money hunt. The week after his hometown event, the freshman House Democrat was back collecting cash during a breakfast at Johnny’s Half Shell on North Capitol Street in Washington, carrying a $5000-per-host tab.

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