San Diego Fundraiser Canceled in Wake of Capitol Investigation

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    An image of the 7th hole on the North Course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 23, 2014.

    The state Senate leader has canceled a high-profile golfing fundraiser scheduled in San Diego in the wake of criminal proceedings against three state senators.

    Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Tuesday that it would be inappropriate at this time to hold the Pro Tem Cup this weekend at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

    Ticket packages ranged from $15,000 to $65,000.

    The Senate last week suspended Democratic Sens. Ronald Calderon of Montebello and Leland Yee of San Francisco, who face federal charges, and Sen. Rod Wright, who represents a Los Angeles-area district and was convicted earlier this year of voter fraud and perjury.

    Yee was charged with accepting bribes and attempting to coordinate an international gun-running operation, while Calderon is charged with accepting bribes.

    In February, Calderon was charged with allegedly accepting about $100,000 in cash and other perks in exchange for his supporting or opposing bills. Calderon has pleaded not guilty.

    In January, Wright was found guilty of eight felonies stemming from accusations he did not actually live in the Southern California district he represents. Wright is appealing the conviction.