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California Republicans get by with a little help from Mike Pence




Mike Pence speaks to Republicans at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Sept. 8.
Mike Pence speaks to Republicans at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Sept. 8.
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California's vulnerable Republicans could be getting a little help from Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy hosted a high-dollar gathering in Beverly Hills last night. Donors shelled out between $10,000 and $100,000 to rub elbows with the Republican leaders. 

The Sacramento Bee's Emily Cadei says that money could get funneled to embattled incumbents through a special fundraising committee. She says that, while there are limits on how much an individual can give to a campaign, the caps are much higher for these groups. 

This is one of the key ways that Republicans are helping protect vulnerable members. This is a new landscape. In 2014, the Supreme Court sort-of struck-down the cap that individual donors could give in federal donations in a given election. There are ample opportunities for some of the wealthiest individuals in the country to write really big checks, and it's helping some of these Republicans keep up with Democrats who are going bonkers with their fundraising as part of this anti-Trump resistance.