Republican presidential candidates in town for Wednesday's debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum and Library are using their West Coast trip to raise money and mingle with donors in the state known as the nation's ATM for political candidates.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina appeared at a fundraiser Tuesday evening in Irvine, and has another one scheduled Thursday evening at a home in Los Angeles. Among the chairs are former Univision chairman Jerry Perenchio.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will hit the Central Valley on Thursday for a breakfast reception. His wife Columba and his son Jeb Jr. raised money on his behalf Tuesday at a luncheon in Los Angeles.
Other candidates are headlining events for fellow Republicans, giving them an opportunity to curry favor with the state's deep-pocketed donors.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky spoke at a fundraiser Tuesday for the San Bernardino County Republican Party.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is headlining a luncheon at the California Republican Party convention in Anaheim on Friday.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had been scheduled to appear at the convention Saturday but canceled. He had also been scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Ed Royce on Saturday at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park.
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