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In this era of campaign contribution limits, independent expenditure committees have become the big dogs of California politics. But candidates can't coordinate with groups they hope will put up some money to independently help their cause. That means, for instance, that a big-spending special interest group can't call up the campaign and ask for a photo of the candidate.

Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, who's engaged in a high-stakes primary against former Assemblywoman Fran Pavley for the Democratic nomination in the 23rd Senate District, has come up with a clever solution to that problem.

On his website he has posted a photo gallery of 11 different photographs of himself. They are high-quality digital photos suitable for downloading and using however one might choose. There is a message to underscore that point: "Click on each image to get a high resolution photo."

It will be interesting to see if any of those photos make their way onto campaign mailers printed and distributed "independently" by someone else.

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