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California Democrats give snazzy party favor to donors

Apple’s soon-to-be-released watch comes in three styles: the Apple Watch Sport, the Apple Watch and the Apple Watch Edition.
Apple’s soon-to-be-released watch comes in three styles: the Apple Watch Sport, the Apple Watch and the Apple Watch Edition. TNS

How’s this for a party favor?

Goody bags given to lobbyists and other politicos who attended California Senate Democrats’ annual golf fundraiser in San Diego over the weekend included an order form for an Apple Watch.

“An iProTemCup Gift For You,” said the form asking recipients to pick from 10 different colors and sizes of the snazzy new gadget that Apple is releasing next month. “Your gift will be ordered the day of public release.”

The Sport Band model Senate Dems offered guests retails for between $349 and $399, according to Apple.

Jason Kinney, a lobbyist who serves as spokesman for Senate Democrats, declined to say how much the caucus is spending on the party favors or how much it raised at its fundraiser at the Torrey Pines golf course.

“The 2015 Pro Tem Cup was the best attended and most successful to date. As always, we will be exhaustively reporting all event contributions and expenditures as required by law,” Kinney wrote in an email.

A gift bag containing a hot electronic gadget is common for guests at the annual fundraisers thrown by legislative leaders at seaside golf resorts, where wealthy interest groups that give political donations send representatives to mingle with lawmakers.

The Assembly Democrats’ Speakers Cup is scheduled for May 1 at Pebble Beach. Last year’s Pro Tem Cup was canceled after two senators were indicted in separate public corruption cases and Democratic leaders were eager to separate themselves from the collection of money.

Call Laurel Rosenhall, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1083. Follow her on Twitter @LaurelRosenhall.

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