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In his final quarter of collecting congressional campaign funds before he announced for mayor, Democrat Bob Filner picked up sizable change from a variety of contributors, some with San Diego interests. Pauline Foster, mother-in-law of Customs chief Alan Bersin and a major downtown property owner, gave $500. Mark A. Covarrubias of Chula Vista’s M.C. Contracting Services gave $2500. R. Michael Murphy of San Diego’s Murphy Development kicked in $1000. General Dynamics, which owns National Steel and Shipbuilding, gave $1000. And Frank Carrillo, chief executive of Simnsa Health Plan, which sets up U.S. workers with “cross-border” health-care plans in Mexico, gave $2500.

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erupting Nov. 1, 2012 @ 6:50 a.m.

We can't be surprised! Pay to Play is doing well in San Diego. Ask Indicted board members Pearl Quinones and Arlie Ricassa from Sweetwater. We all know that Filner and Varga attended Pearl's birthday party and campaign kickoff. They donated money as well, that's how the corruption perpetuates. The City of San Diego is in trouble with no viable candidate for mayor. Glad I live in the county.

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