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D.C. lobbyist to host Jerry Brown fund-raiser

February 22, 2012 |  1:31 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown has left the building.

Brown, not known for his jet-setting ways since being elected to a third term as governor, is taking his first extended taxpayer-funded trip out of state. The governor is en route to Washington, where he will attend a meeting of the National Governors Assn. and meet with President Obama at the White House.

Brown is also trekking east to raise money for his tax initiative, which he hopes to place on the ballot in November. Thursday night, Brown will be feted at the home of D.C. Lobbyist Tony Podesta, brother of former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta.

A copy of the invitation was posted on Politico.com. It did not have a dollar figure for the fund-raiser, and Brown spokesman Steve Glazer refused to say how much the governor would raise at the evening reception, or how much attendees were being asked to donate.

Podesta’s website boasts of his “unique mastery of how the nation’s capital works.” The site also says Podesta is “active with the Democratic Governors Assn. and maintains close relationships with governors from coast to coast.”

The DGA spent nearly $500,000 on Brown’s behalf in 2010 through an independent expenditure committee.


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Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown. Credit: Eric Paul Zamora / Fresno Bee