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Republicans, Trump campaign name California fundraising chairs

In this March 29, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers ex-CEO Jamie McCourt arrives with her attorney, Dennis Wasser, right, to a Los Angeles courthouse. The Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign announced several California “victory chairs” Friday, including McCourt.
In this March 29, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers ex-CEO Jamie McCourt arrives with her attorney, Dennis Wasser, right, to a Los Angeles courthouse. The Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign announced several California “victory chairs” Friday, including McCourt. AP

A joint fundraising push by the Republican National Committee and the campaign of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump rolled out their “victory chairs” Friday for 33 states, including California.

Ranging from business executives to former lawmakers, the chairs will make state-by-state efforts to round up campaign donations to oppose Hillary Clinton as well as Democratic campaigns for the U.S. Senate and House of Republicans.

Developer “Papa” Doug Manchester, the former owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune; businesswoman Jamie McCourt, high-tech executive Sean Maloney, his wife, author Margaret Chai Maloney; and restaurant executive Andy Puzder and his wife, Dee, will lead the push in California.

“Having so many long-time supporters eager to come on board signals our nationwide fundraising effort is continuing to gain steam months ahead of Election Day,” said Lew Eisenberg, the RNC and Trump Victory Finance Chair.

The RNC did not provide additional information about how the California chairs came to be selected.

All of the California chairs have given to Republicans over the years, particularly Manchester and Puzder. Like Trump, though, some have also donated to Democrats. In March 2015, for example, McCourt donated to the 2018 gubernatorial campaign of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a frequent critic of Trump.

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