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Whitman to lend a fundraising hand to new state Senate GOP leader

September 14, 2010 | 10:40 am

Meg Whitman has spent more than $100 million on her campaign for governor, but later this month, she will be raising cash for the next state Senate Republican leader, a key potential ally if she is elected.

Whitman may not be writing any personal checks, but the billionaire former EBay chief will appear at an evening fund-raiser for Sen. Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga), who is expected to be the Senate’s GOP leader when the next governor is sworn in.

Whitman is billed as the “special guest speaker” at Dutton’s birthday bash on Sept. 30, which is to take place at a DoubleTree hotel next to the Ontario International Airport.

Sens. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) and Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel), who are running for state controller and treasurer, respectively, are also expected to attend.

-- Shane Goldmacher in Sacramento