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Deeds' California Dreaming Part II

Rosalind Helderman

Democrat Creigh Deeds was strangely quiet at the beginning of this week, out of state and raising money for his effort in California.

Wondering who he met with on the west coast?

Turns out, they included top entertainment executives and some pretty well known Democrats.

According to his campaign, Deeds began the trip meeting with Cheri Shankar in Beverly Hills. Per a bio posted on the Huffington Post, Shankar serves on the National Council for the Humane Society of the United States and the national advisory board of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Plus, her husband is the showrunner of the television program "CSI."

Deeds also attended a reception at the home of Azita Raji and Gary Syman in Belvedere, Ca. Syman is a retired partner at Goldman Sachs. The candidate also met with Michael and Jaime Lynton in Beverly Hills--he's the chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. And Deeds had lunch with music and movie producer Clarence Avant. Another events on the list were meetings with venture capitalists Vishal Verma and Brook Byers, and then Michael and Maddie Lawson in L.A.

Of the group, only Avant and Byers have donated to state campaigns in Virginia before (Avant's given $4,750 including $2,500 to Terry McAuliffe before the primary and Byers gave Mark Warner $1,500 in 2001). But they're big into Democratic politics. Shankar's many federal donations included one to Jim Webb's senate campaign. Michael Lynton has given various candidates and campaign committees $98,507 in recent years, according to the FEC.

Hanging with the bigwigs in Cali doesn't generally play well in Virginia and a spokesman for Deeds' Republican opponent Bob McDonnell gently mocked him when Deeds when he got back for his out of state trip.

Deeds aw-shucked his way through a question about the trip earlier this week, saying he was like "a wide eyed country boy" in California. "It was exciting, but I'm glad to be home," he said.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 4, 2009; 5:09 PM ET
Categories:  Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Virginia Values cant be bought with L.A. Money.

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