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Party scandals force California Dems to cancel Torrey Pines golf fundraiser

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

California State Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg cancelled a swanky Democratic golf tournament/fundraiser to be held at Torrey Pines outside San Digeo on Tuesday after criminal proceedings were recently brought against a handful of fellow party members.

Democratic State Senator Ronald Calderon is facing federal charges after allegedly accepting $100,000 in bribes, while Leland Yee faces similar charges for his alleged role in accepting bribes and an international gun-running operation. A third Senator, Rod Wright, was convicted of eight counts of voter fraud in January and now faces up to eight years in prison. CBS Sacramento has a good round up of the timeline of the events.

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The confluence of those three events led Senate Leader Steinberg, pictured above left, to cancel the annual tournament, saying instead his party would "take a step back and take stock of how we all do the people's business." Here's a video of his entire statement. And in case you were wondering, the cost to play in the tournament ranged from $15,000 to almost $70,000.