Brown chooses private donors to pay for China trip

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California Governor Jerry Brown (AP Photo)

California Governor Jerry Brown (AP Photo)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is relying on private donors to pay the bill for his weeklong trade mission to China.

About 90 business leaders are paying $10,000 each to join the Democratic governor and cover the costs for him and other state officials.

The delegates get access to the high-level Chinese officials with whom Brown is meeting, as well as the chance to influence his thinking on issues that are important to them.

Claremont McKenna College political science professor Jack Pitney says Brown would be criticized however he financed the trip, so all he can do is be transparent about the funding.

Brown’s office has so far declined to provide details. The Bay Area Council business group says it will make the expenses public when the trip is finished.

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