In this photo taken Feb. 22, 2008, Charles Munger Jr. of Santa Clara, a major donor to Proposition 32 on the California ballot is seen at the California Republican Party convention in San Francisco.  Munger, the son of wealthy investor Charles Munger Sr., is on the opposite side of the political isle as her half sister, Molly Munger, a wealthy civil rights attorney  who is major donor behind Proposition 38, which increase taxes for education. Both Mungers have spent millions in this election year to transform California's political landscape.  (AP Photo/Sacramento Bee, Brian Baer)

Charles Munger Jr., pictured here in 2008, is helping Republicans campaign for Assembly seats in Democratic districts. (Brian Baer / Associated Press / February 22, 2008)

By Chris Megerian
April 9, 2014, 3:10 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Charles Munger Jr., one of California Republicans’ biggest donors, is chipping in some of his wealth to ensure his party has candidates on the ballot in more Assembly districts.

Several Republican candidates received Munger contributions ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, and some of them said the money helped cover the cost of filing to run in this year’s election.

The donations were dispersed right around the filing deadline March 7 and went to candidates in blue districts where most are facing off with Democratic incumbents.

Oliver Ponce, a 22-year-old government student at Sacramento State who’s seeking the seat being vacated by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), said Munger’s contributions are encouraging candidates to compete in tough races.

“In a lot of these districts, there are Democratic strongholds,” he said. “Sometimes there’s resignation and complacency. [Republicans] feel they don’t have much of a chance.”

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