From campaign fliers to school supplies, John Burton has experience scaring up cash to cover costs.
Accustomed to raising money for the Democratic Party, the former California Senate president pro tem and current California Democratic Party chairman turns tonight to some less empowered Californians.
He'll take a break from politicking with an event aimed at helping foster kids pay for higher education.
Foster youth are already on the radar for the John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes, a San-Francisco nonprofit.
But tonight's fundraiser near the Capitol aims at purchasing textbooks and course materials for foster youth who have defied the odds and enrolled in college, only to struggle with the substantial price tag.
In addition to Burton, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, and Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, also plan to attend.
Organizers are suggesting $250-per-person donations for the fundraiser, which runs for 5 to 8 p.m. at Chicory Coffee and Tea downtown.
Safe to say that's less than admission to any of the eight political fundraisers scheduled today within a few blocks of the Capitol.
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