By Steven Harmon
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 12/21/2009 04:25:50 PM PST
Updated: 12/21/2009 09:55:18 PM PST
SACRAMENTO — A brutal economy has put Democrats at an even worse cash disadvantage than they could have expected in seeking to win back the governorship against a potential Republican candidate with unlimited means to finance a campaign.
Big-money donors gave cash less freely in 2009, resulting in a relatively lackluster year of fundraising, Democrats acknowledged.
“It’s tough out there, no question,” said Democratic fundraiser Dan Weitzman, who helps raise cash for the state Democratic Party, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and a handful of legislative candidates.