The expected crush of early presidential primaries in 2008 has set off a fundraising sprint for candidates from both parties in California, long a font of campaign dollars. Democrat Barack Obama raised $1.3 million at a star-studded fundraiser on Feb. 20. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, is holding a “Los Angeles Kick Off” on March 27 at the Brentwood home of developer Rick Caruso. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With intense competition under way for California political dollars, John McCain’s campaign announced Wednesday it had enlisted dozens of fundraisers in the state to help him bankroll his 2008 White House run. The list includes names both familiar and obscure. The senator previously announced a national fundraising team that includes Californians Donald Bren, chairman of The Irvine Co. and Univision chief A. Jerrold Perenchio. His 70-member state finance team includes J. Gary Shansby, chairman of TSG Consumer Partners private equity group, Orange County investor George Argyros, a former ambassador to Spain appointed by President George W. Bush, and Marty Wilson, a member of Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s inner circle of political advisers and fundraisers. “With their support, I intend to have a meaningful discussion with voters about the important choices that need to be made in order to strengthen the future of our country,” McCain said in a statement.