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Republicans may be down in the dumps of late as a result of their election setbacks, but the local GOP has come up with a way to rejuvenate its membership. Campaign disclosure records show that on April 23, the Republican Party of San Diego County paid $68,500 to La Mesa’s Alvarado Institute of Skin Care for “gifts for attendees at fundraising event.” According to the institute’s website, “It’s a place where you can energize your spirit and transform your skin forever. Allow your natural beauty to shine through. The experience at Alvarado includes face and body treatments, and make up application for your complete transformation.”

Among services available is one involving “Ionothermie Cellulite Reduction” at $180. “The ideal treatment for those who have successfully shed the pounds, yet still need help to tone and firm. The method involves a body exfoliation, thermal clay mask, and detoxifying essential oils. Pads are used which emit rhythmic electrical pulses, work the target areas through the gentle action of a stimuli to firm and tone the body.”

April donors to the Republicans included Newport Beach political PR firm the Sheldon Group ($1500); Herzog Contracting of Saint Joseph, Missouri ($2500); and Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego PAC ($2500). … California Democrats have been popular with two local political fat cats lately. On May 7, the Viejas Indian tribe gave $50,000 to the state Democratic Party. The same day, Sempra Energy kicked in $43,000. … San Diego County sheriff Bill Kolender may be retiring soon, but his lobbyist, Marla Marshall, is still trying to influence the state legislature. According to the sheriff’s lobbyist disclosure filing in Sacramento, during the first three months of the year taxpayers forked over $4958 to the Travel Store. Thirty-five thousand and sixty-eight dollars of Marshall’s salary was attributed to her lobbying activities. County political insiders speculate that after Kolender retires, Marshall will run to succeed Ron Roberts on the board of supervisors. The district includes Southeast San Diego and was represented for many years by Leon Williams.

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SDRepublican May 29, 2009 @ 6:02 p.m.

This article has a MAJOR mistake. I'm surprised there was no double-checking by the editors, especially given the rather large monetary amount in question. If one checks the recent filings of the Republican Party of San Diego County at the Secretary of States webpage, one would find that the $68,500 mentioned in this article is in fact a non-monetary contribution and not a payment. In otherwords, it was a donation TO the Party and not an expense to this Skin Care group. This was likely for their annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.

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Matt Potter May 29, 2009 @ 7:48 p.m.

Thanks for the note. The correction was made in this week's column.-Matt Potter

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iracomegetcha May 30, 2009 @ 11:32 a.m.

there were no goodie bags on the tables! just coupons/certificates. kind of a grey area wouldn't you say in getting to claim one gave 68,500 in funds? tax deduction for what? most were thrown on the floor. i doubt many if any were redeemed.

about 50 tables. were there 8 people or 10 at a table? from my calculator that makes 150 or so dollars a coupon? come on......

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