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Calderon brothers raising funds for 2014 campaigns

Ron Calderon

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State Sen. Ron Calderon, left, has been raising money for a return to the Assembly in 2014. He's seen here with his brother, former Assemblyman Charles Calderon, who has a committee for a Secretary of State campaign. A third brother, Tom, may seek Ron's current Senate seat.

 State Senator Ron Calderon, whose Sacramento offices were recently raided by the FBI, has been raising money for a return to the Assembly. And his two brothers, veterans of the Sacramento scene, are also raising funds for 2014 campaigns.

FBI agents searched Calderon's offices on June 4 but have not divulged the focus of their investigation. The U.S. Attorney's office has subpoenaed records from the Central Basin Municipal Water District, an agency with ties to two of the Calderons.

Ron Calderon, who will be termed out of his Senate seat next year, is planning a return to the Assembly, where he served from 2002-06 and still has two years of eligibility. Through the end of last year, his campaign committee raised more than $172,000. The campaign’s expenditures include $12,370 for a three-day fundraising event at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel in Dana Point, which included lodging for 20 people.

Calderon's campaign also paid $25,000 for salaries to a son of his brother, Tom Calderon. The Calderons, including a third brother, Charles, have long made a practice of hiring family members for campaigns that date back to the early 1980s.

Tom Calderon has a campaign committee to raise money for the Senate seat his brother vacates next year.  A fundraiser for the campaign is scheduled this week in Sacramento, however the restaurant where it was supposed to be held did not have the event on its schedule.

Charles Calderon has a committee that through last year had raised almost $120,000 dollars for a 2014 campaign for Secretary of State.

Representatives for the Calderon campaigns could not be reached for comment as to whether the FBI investigation into Ron Calderon will affect any of their plans.

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