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State senators give themselves permission to resume raising campaign cash during budget negotiations

State senators give themselves permission to resume raising campaign cash during budget negotiations

The state Senate voted Thursday to suspend a rule barring campaign fundraising during the budget-writing season after Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said the rule was giving an unfair advantage to moneyed special interests opposing incumbents.

The vote was 24-8 to suspend the rule adopted two years ago as part of an effort by the Senate to regain public trust after three of its members were charged with crimes. The suspension is effective immediately.

“After careful review, the Rules Committee has determined that the restrictions are too limiting to apply unilaterally to only one legislative house,” De León said in a floor...

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