Dem leaders donate to Meek's Senate effort

Two members of House Democratic leadership have gotten involved in the Florida Democratic Senate primary, sending checks to Rep. Kendrick Meek (Fla.), one of at least two Democrats seeking the seat.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Energy: Trump moves forward with rule on California drilling | House panel advances bill that resumes participation in Paris climate fund | Perry pressed on 'environmental justice' | 2020 Dem proposes climate corps Trump administration moves forward with final rule to allow new California drilling Overnight Energy: Interior chief says climate response falls on Congress | Bernhardt insists officials will complete offshore drilling plans | Judge rules EPA must enforce Obama landfill pollution rules MORE (D-Calif.) each contributed $2,000 to Meek's campaign, according to campaign finance disclosures filed this week.

Clyburn and Meek are both members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Clyburn is a former chairman of the group, and he served with Meek's mother, former Rep. Carrie Meek (D-Fla.).

Meek spokesman Adam Sharon said Meek considers Clyburn a mentor. The contributions, Sharon said, reflect "support from individual members who happen to be congressional leaders, close friends and colleagues."

Meek and state Sen. Dan Gelber have declared their candidacies for the seat being vacated by Sen. Mel Martinez (R). Florida Democratic Rep. Ron Klein's name is also in the mix, along with several others.

Gov. Charlie Crist is weighing whether to jump into the race on the Republican side.