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Political pundits have been quick to dissect the motive for $20,000 in contributions made earlier this year by Chargers owner Alex Spanos, a lifelong Republican, to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, pointing out that the Stockton developer has reached a truce of sorts with the attorney general over regulating his developments in that city. But apparently the deal doesn’t include the Chargers. On June 22, according to state disclosure records, the team forked over $140,564 in cash and expenses for a giant fund-raising bash thrown by the state Republican Party at the 86-year-old Spanos’s sprawling Stockton estate. It just happened to feature an appearance by Brown’s GOP opponent Meg Whitman…Speaking of Brown, he stopped off long enough at the Barona Casino’s Italian Cucina on April 30 for a free meal worth $24.47, according to the tribe’s latest lobbying report. On April 23, Barona paid for a $25 meal for Democratic assemblywoman Mary Salas at C Level, the fancy restaurant on Harbor Island. On April 1, GOP assemblyman Nathan Fletcher got a $55 meal at Barona. And the Barona Cultural Center and Museum treated Republican assemblyman Joel Anderson to food worth $34.49.

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doughardy Sept. 18, 2010 @ 1:58 p.m.

Just greasin' the wheels...business as usual.

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