It isn't surprising to see the Sacramento County Republican Central Committee write a big check to Peter Tateishi's Assembly campaign.
The Carmichael Republican is running in the 8th Assembly District, a local seat that's expected to be one of November's most competitive legislative contests.
But the Sacramento County GOP, which contributed $30,000 to the campaign, isn't the only Republican central committee sending money Tateishi's way.
His campaign committee reported receiving $70,000 from the Republican Party of San Luis Obispo County over the weekend.
Unlike candidate-controlled accounts, party central committees are not subject to campaign contribution limits under state law. That means they can accept large contributions and give state candidates sums greater than the $7,800-per-election cycle cap set for individual donors.
Campaign finance filings show that the San Luis Obispo central committee, which also recently gave $100,000 to a Republican running for a Riverside County Assembly seat, has received major contributions from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, BNSF Railway Company, the California Apartment Association Political Action Committee and Time Warner Cable, since June 1.
A representative for the county party, which received the donations through a committee called the California Republican Leadership Fund, was not immediately available for comment.
Tateishi is running against Democrat Ken Cooley, a Rancho Cordova councilman, for the open seat. Democrats have a less than one percent voter registration advantage over Republicans in the newly drawn district.
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