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AM Alert: Kamala Harris makes final push before first fundraising deadline

Attorney General Kamala Harris addresses a news conference in Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 2015.
Attorney General Kamala Harris addresses a news conference in Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 2015. Los Angeles Times

Last night was the federal fundraising deadline for the first quarter of 2015, which prompted some creative pitches from politicians seeking to boost their numbers before the next round of reports is released in a few weeks. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, attempted to cash in on his recent 46th birthday by asking supporters to “make this a great birthday for Ted by giving $46, $146, $246, or even $2046 by midnight today.”

Attorney General Kamala Harris was seeking $3 donations to complete a $25,000 fundraising drive for her U.S. Senate run. Still the only Democrat in the race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer, a strong first filing by Harris could help clear the field of those few remaining potential challengers.

Among those considering a campaign, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, has $2.1 million in his congressional account as of December that could be transferred to the Senate race; Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, who fueled speculation during a recent visit to San Diego, has $1.3 million; Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, has $391,730; and Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, has $177,459. We’ll know where Harris stands on April 15.

The California Republican Party, meanwhile, said in its pitch for late donations that Boxer’s departure presents “an opportunity of historic proportions.” “That's why we need your immediate support before 11:59 pm TONIGHT!”

VIDEO: Halting construction on new homes will not end California’s historic drought, Dan Walters says.

CASH FOR COLLEGE: Sending money in the other direction, the California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation is launching a new college scholarship, which begins accepting applications today with a deadline of June 1. Twenty-five winners of $1,000 awards will be determined by the end of June.

SNOW PERMITTING: The Sierra Nevada snowpack has hit its lowest point on record. With water content at just 8 percent of its historical average for late March, when the snowpack is normally at its peak, Gov. Jerry Brown will attend the California Department of Water Resources’ manual snow survey, 11 a.m. at Phillips Station. Last week, Brown signed a $1.1 billion emergency drought relief and flood protection package.

HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE: It’s never too early to start learning how to influence your government. The Friends Committee on Legislation of California, a lobbying group founded by Quakers that focuses on criminal justice issues, will lead an advocacy training sessions for 8th graders from the San Francisco Friends School, 1:30 p.m. on the north steps of the Capitol.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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