A Perhaps Not So Cryptic Invitation from Senator Rod Wright
Sacramento lobbyists received the following e-mail invitation November 24:
I would like to invite you to join me for a briefing on Wednesday, December 2nd.
I would like to discuss with you a pending matter and answer any of your questions and enlist your support.
I know this message may seem a bit cryptic but I beg your indulgence and ask that you join me for a light lunch at noon on Wednesday December 2nd at:
California Cable and Telecommunications Association Office?1001 K Street, 2nd Floor, Sacramento.
Please reply to this email with you RSVP or contact Cine at (323) 708-5831, if you have any questions.
Roderick D. Wright
Senator, 25th District
Cine D. Ivery
On behalf of Senator Roderick D. Wright
25th Senate District
Wright is being investigated to determine whether he actually lives in the 25th Senate District or the neighboring 26th District.
It is not uncommon for lawmakers under investigation or facing other legal issues to create legal defense funds, paid for with contributions from interest groups. Such funds do not have the limits on the size of contributions regular campaign funds do.
For example, Sen. Ron Calderon, a Montebello Democrat, created a legal defense fund to combat a threatened recount by Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, his challenger for the 30th Senate district in 2006.
Although the recall never materialized, Calderon raised money for the fund until terminating it on March 31, 2009
Given the pending investigation of his residency, Wright’s admittedly oblique invitation suggests he is taking the first step to create his own defense fund.
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