Nancy Skinner, right, with Wilma Chan, who 
dropped out of the SD9 race last week.

STATE SENATE | DISTRICT 9 | Nancy Skinner celebrated her birthday this week and like many politicians nowadays the milestone is a perfect opportunity for fundraising.

But, Skinner was offering a little more than usual, like very expensive birthday kisses in exchange for campaign cash.

Skinner, the former Berkeley assemblymember, is vying for a return to Sacramento in next year’s Ninth State Senate District race, also including Sandre Swanson, San Pablo Vice Mayor Rich Kinney and education advocate Katherine Welch.

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan last week abruptly dropped out of the race due to a poor outlook for attracting campaign contributions.

Chan concluded she could not raise the enough money to compete with Swanson, who may be able to tap labor and Skinner who already has $925,000 in the bank, mostly from her former Assembly account.

Meanwhile, Skinner’s fundraiser was not cheap and, of course, with a birthday theme. For a $2,500 donation to Skinner’s campaign you received “birthday kisses” and $1,000 got you “birthday hugs,” according to the invitation. “Birthday well wishes” cost $500, while $250 was worth a “birthday cake.”

And who says, “Can’t buy me love”? Not Skinner. She’s charging $100 for “birthday love.”