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(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

A political action committee aimed at overturning Citizens United says it plans to spend millions in the 2018 midterms to elect Democrats who support campaign finance reform. 

On Tuesday, it announced that its top 20 targets include Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine). All four are on a watchlist for next year’s most vulnerable California House members.

“California represents some of the best opportunities and, frankly, some of the most egregious examples that we have seen,” said End Citizens United executive director Tiffany Muller in a call with reporters. Muller noted the fact that Hunter is currently under investigation for potential misuse of campaign funds, and the campaign contributions Issa has received from telecom companies.

  • California in Congress

The onslaught of anti-tax reform ads aimed at vulnerable California Republicans continues Wednesday with a six-figure television ad targeting Rep. Steve Knight.

The ad calling on the Palmdale Republican to vote “No” will run on broadcast and cable channels in the expensive Los Angeles media market, and will also appear on Spanish-language channels. It is funded by Not One Penny, a coalition of progressive groups.

“Knight sided against California once, but he’s got one more chance to get it right,” the ad states.

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  • California Legislature
  • California Democrats

Assembly candidate Luis López said he called Wendy Carrillo Tuesday night to concede the special election for Assembly District 51. With 100% of precincts reporting, Carrillo led López Tuesday evening 52.83% to 47.17% — a 943-vote margin. 

“It did not happen for us, tonight,” Lopez told the crowd at his election night party.

Wendy Carrillo led with about 53.27% of the vote while Luis López claimed 46.73% as the first results from Tuesday’s special election to replace Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez came in. 

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John Sennick (Alejandra Reyes-Velarde)

John Sennick has lived in Mount Washington since 1959, and he wants his California Assembly member to know his neighborhood.

“Luis López knows the area,” he said. “You’re not in some place he’s never heard of.” 

So Sennick chose López over his fellow Democrat Wendy Carrillo on Tuesday in a special election to fill the Assembly District 51 seat recently vacated by now U.S. Rep. Jimmy Gomez.

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  • California Democrats
  • 2018 governor's race
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

The allegations of sexual misconduct against Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills) reverberated in the California gubernatorial race on Tuesday, with one candidate calling on Dababneh to resign and another donating political contributions he received from the San Fernando Valley lawmaker.

State Treasurer John Chiang urged Dababneh to step down from his Assembly seat, citing the accounts of two women who spoke out publicly against the legislator on Monday.

“There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment in the workplace,” Chiang said in a statement. “We cannot change the culture in Sacramento if we don’t remove those in power who abuse it.”