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During this spring’s state Democratic primaries, the campaign of assembly hopeful and San Diego city councilman Ben Hueso accepted a $1000 contribution from Anthem Blue Cross, a big health insurance outfit. When the donation was reported here, the campaign said it had returned the money and demanded a “retraction.” Hueso won the June primary, thereby virtually assuring a November victory in the predominantly Democratic district. On August 16, according to state filings, his campaign again accepted $1000 from none other than Anthem Blue Cross. The campaign treasurer did not respond to a request for comment… California Fair Political Practices Commission chairman Dan Schnur, a onetime Pete Wilson aide, has picked retired Union-Tribune politics writer John Marelius to serve on a new commission panel to revise state campaign finance laws.

Another San Diego member of the group — to be chaired by Center for Governmental Studies president Bob Stern and GOP attorney Chuck Bell — is Republican political consultant Jeff Marston. Back in 1993, reporter Marelius chronicled Marston’s failed campaign for assembly and how it collapsed after it got around that a smiling woman and two children with whom bachelor Marston posed in a campaign photograph were not really members of his family, as his direct-mail piece strongly suggested…Ex–city councilwoman Toni Atkins, who also captured a Democratic assembly nomination, has picked up $1000 from an unusual source: San Diego developer Thomas W. Sudberry Jr., a rock-ribbed Republican who over the years has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to causes such as the state and county GOP and the Lincoln Club, as well as Mayor Jerry Sanders.

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HonestGovernment Sept. 2, 2010 @ 6:04 p.m.

It is NOT at all unusual for Sudberry to be giving money to Toni Atkins: in San Diego, "D" and "R" refer to Development and Redevelopment. The party affiliations are not even an issue.

As just one example, Sudberry is on a Urban Land Institute management committee (along with Bill Anderson and Janice Weinrick, from the SD Planning dept) and is a sponsor of ULI. ULI has close ties to, and often employs as a speaker, Jennifer LeSar (LeSar Development Consultants), Toni's spouse. And so much more.

Ds,... Rs: in San Diego, that means only one thing: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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HonestGovernment Sept. 2, 2010 @ 6:56 p.m.

And may I refer back to SDRostra: http://sdrostra.com/?p=3726

"It looks like I do have my answer about Toni Atkins being a “small businesswoman”. She backs up her claim by listing herself as a Senior Principle at LeSar Development Consultants. My questions now become did she take a salary for this while on the City Council and if so does she list it in her economic interests as influencing her votes on the City Council? Is she a registered lobbyist with the City now? Did she exchange votes on the Council for a position?" And: "Additionally, of course, LeSar is not only Atkins’ spouse and longtime partner, but she has served as a board member including chair and treasurer at Centre City Development Corporation, which in the past raised questions about possible conflicts of interest when Atkins was on the city council. So, assuming that Atkins did not have the position at LeSar when she was on the council, what is the time limit for lobbying the city after leaving office?"

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Duhbya Sept. 3, 2010 @ 5:33 a.m.

"I bet Denver hates you:"

And Chattanooga, and Vegas, and New Haven, and Huffington (post removed) - trolling along, getting it wrong. Favorite line: "....trust me you are not going to loose (sic) anything!" LOL.

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David Dodd Sept. 3, 2010 @ 6:09 a.m.

Dude gets around quick. When I googled it last night (earlier this morning), it was limited to Denver. I must applaud the effort to attempt both improper syntax and the use of "u" and "ur" in order to somehow make it appear realistic. I have to wonder about the pay scale here, and if there is some genius behind the spam and the players are simply offered positions spreading the content.

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Founder Sept. 3, 2010 @ 10 a.m.

It's a $ad State of our Affairs (no Double Pun intended) when we are continually on the receiving end of our Leaders be far too cozy to those that they are supposed to protect all of US from.

Now that the SCOTUS, has made it's donation ruling I expect to see almost all Political folks (that do not limit their contributions from Business AKA Fair Elections) to become RICH, because they can, either while they are in Office or certainly after they leave Office!

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 3, 2010 @ 2:47 p.m.

Now that the SCOTUS, has made it's donation ruling I expect to see almost all Political folks (that do not limit their contributions from Business AKA Fair Elections) to become RICH, because they can, either while they are in Office or certainly after they leave Office!

Citizens United was an awful decision, one of the worst from the Roberts Court.

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Founder Sept. 3, 2010 @ 3:55 p.m.

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Agreed and also the hardest to get changed, due to the money involved!

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