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For Brown fundraiser, past is prologue

March 24, 2010 |  1:59 pm

Jerry Brown is holding a fundraiser for his campaign for governor on Wednesday evening at the apartment across from the Capitol where he lived when he was governor in the 1970s, Capitol Weekly reports. Brown, the state attorney general, discussed the shindig at what he called "a very nice but modest apartment" after he spoke to a law enforcement group in Sacramento.

Guests will pay $2,500 to attend the reception and $10,000 for dinner at the apartment, now leased by Rusty Areias, a government relations consultant and former assemblyman and parks director.

"We thought it would be a good idea to invite some folks back to raise money for the campaign," Brown said. "So we're having a little dinner tonight with a group whose identity we'll find out later."

Brown said the dinner, complete with music from his old flame Linda Ronstadt, wasn't meant to feed nostalgia.

"We're into the future here, so what can I say? But it is convenient," he said.

-- Michael Rothfeld in Sacramento