As next month's midterm elections near, politicians from both sides of the aisle are swarming California to boost their parties' fortunes in contests that could decide the balance of power in Washington -- and to forge relationships in advance of the 2016 presidential race.
By virtue of its deep-blue Democratic tilt, California hasn't been terribly competitive in presidential contests since 1988. But politicians have long been drawn by the state’s deep trove of wealthy donors, both
This week will prove that little has changed in the nearly half a century since legendary California lawmaker Jesse M. Unruh declared that "money is the mother's milk of politics."
On Monday, Vice President
The following day, Sens.
On Thursday, Angelenos will likely be bracing for gridlock created by President Obama's scheduled arrival for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the home of actress
Most of the events, whether Republican or Democratic, will raise money that will be spent in states far from California. But some of the prominent visitors, notably House Speaker
trying to help out candidates in the Golden State .
The Ohioan is scheduled to spend several days here, beginning Monday, to raise money for multiple candidates who could tighten the
On the Democratic side,
Given the state's importance in national fundraising, some of the visitors will be greeted with speculation about their future plans.
Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky, has been spending a significant amount of time in California, meeting with donors who could help power a 2016 presidential bid.
And former Secretary of State