In March of this year, Turner gave John Kerry's Citizen Soldier PAC $3000. His wife Elizabeth Keadle also anted up $3000 for the PAC, along with $2000 for the Kerry Committee. In February she gave $2000 to Citizens for Harkin and in January $5000 to Gore's Leadership '02 PAC (last October, she gave $5000). Also in February, she contributed $250 to Emily's List.
But it is in Democratic soft money where Keadle, who lists her occupation as biochemist, really rules. On June 27, 2001, for instance, she gave $120,000 to the Democratic National Committee's building fund. In November, 2002, Keadle kicked in another $25,000 to the fund, and on March 27 of this year, yet another $100,000.
The new 90,000-square-foot building has long been the dream of DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who has vowed to collect enough soft money to build it before the recently signed McCain-Feingold campaign finance law banning such contributions goes into effect November 6. Both Republicans and Democrats have filed lawsuits challenging the soft money restrictions, but both are racing to collect as much money as they can in case the legal challenges fail.
Outside of Rancho Santa Fe, other Democrats have been called upon to contribute to the fund. La Jolla's Sol Price gave $55,000 in December. His son Robert gave $5000, along with $10,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. And on April 4 of this year, Sol Price gave $100,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's soft money account.
Turner did not respond to requests for comment left with his public relations representative.