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Javier Panzar - Los Angeles Times

We know Democratic candidates have been using Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a sort of boogeyman to scare voters and pry open donor checkbooks.

But can his vice presidential pick Mike Pence scare donors into chipping in some dough for Democratic candidates too?

Congressional candidate Bryan Caforio hopes the answer is yes.

Caforio, an attorney and first time candidate who is challenging Rep. Steve Knight (R-Lancaster) for his North Los Angeles County seat, is using Pence's scheduled visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Thursday to try and raise $5,000.

"Remember, this is the same guy who signed one of the most restrictive anti-choice laws in the country and cemented LGBT discrimination into Indiana law," reads a Caforio email blast to potential donors, with an aim to raise the specific figure. "Will you chip in before Pence and the Trump team arrives?"

The email is the latest attempt by a down-ballot candidate to turn his local election more into a referendum on Trump and Pence. State Assembly hopeful Al Muratsuchi recently held a rally protesting Trump outside the Trump National Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes. 

Muratsuchi's campaign has even put up an entire website featuring video of Republican Assemblyman David Hadley being confronted by someone asking if he'll support Trump. (Hadley says he won't vote for Trump.)

Caforio, who only moved to the 25th Congressional district shortly before announcing his run for office there, has also focused much of his campaign on attempting to link Knight to Trump.

Time will tell if the specter of Trump will help candidates like Muratsuchi and Caforio take down their Republican rivals.

And no word yet on if Caforio met his fundraising goal.