Hef Likes Him Some Sanchez

Hugh Hefner is into a particularly cute California congresswoman -- and he pulled out what he's famous for to prove it ... money.
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TMZ did some digging and found campaign records that show, since 1996, Hef contributed on 11 separate occasions to O.C. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a Dem. On all occasions, he plunked down the max, which is currently $2,300.

In all, Hef's filled Loretta's coffers to the tune of $17,800.

So why is Hef so into Loretta? We asked her yesterday, but mums the word.

Nothing wrong with it, but leave it to Hef to wade through a sea of forgettable faces and laser in on the hot one!