The former Ron Roberts and Brian Bilbray aide running next year for the seat being given up by retiring county supervisor Pam Slater-Price is off to a big start in campaign contributions. According to a report filed in July and covering the first half of this year, Republican Steve Danon raised $63,980 in cash and $290 in nonmonetary contributions for a total of $64,270. He began the year with $27,723 and spent just $5448, leaving him with a cash war chest of $86,255.
Contributors, many from out of town, included Luce Forward lawyer William Earley ($400); dealer-maker Richard Felago ($500); development consultant Roberta Herdes ($750); Pathway Genomics chief executive James Plante ($500); Connect honcho Duane Roth ($500); pyschiatrist Steve Rahimi of Pacific Clinics, La Habra ($1000); Nena Zosa of Rio Hondo Pediatrics Associates and Noli Zosa of Rio Hondo Medical Group, Long Beach ($1000); wastewater engineer Tim Volz of URS Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado ($500); AstraZeneca vice president Brad Rossin of Mendham, New Jersey ($250); project manager John Robert Peterson of JR Peterson & Associates, Walnut Creek ($1000); and Darren Pudgil, PR man for San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders ($250)…Meanwhile, Danon himself was a donor to the campaign fund of Sheriff Bill Gore, the ex-FBI agent and Ruby Ridge veteran who won office last year against Jim Duffy, the son of the late sheriff John Duffy, and a raft of other opponents. Gore began the year with a balance of $19,744 and, during the first six months, collected $14,523 in cash and $1756 worth of in-kind contributions.
In addition to Danon, who gave $100, donors included developer Scott McMillin ($300); public defender Henry Coker ($250); Dale Wineteer of Road One West Towing ($250); Harbor Pest Control president Greg Augustine ($100); Marco Sessa, vice president at Sudberry Properties ($250); and Donovan’s restaurant owner and Chargers stadium backer Daniel Shea ($500). Gore used $5000 of the funds to pay down a $23,000 personal loan he made to the campaign last December.