San Diego county supervisor Greg Cox, who so far has not attracted any opponents in his First District reelection bid this year, is piling up campaign money at a prodigious pace, reportedly in order to dissuade potential challengers. After a fight over district boundaries waged by local Hispanics, political observers were counting on at least one major Cox challenger to emerge, though no one had yet to file as of early this week.
According to his latest campaign report, filed the first of February, the Cox campaign had $343,939 in the bank, with debts of only $1000. Donors included the usual roster of special interests having occasional or frequent business at the county, including the maximum $500 each from Cox Communications vice president Sam Attisha; Jacob Brouwer, owner of Superior Ready Mix; Katayoun Y. de la Fuente, wife of border-property baron and car dealer Roque de la Fuente; Damon Hininger, of Brentwood, Tennessee, president and chief executive of private jail operator Corrections Corporation of America; Hininger’s wife Carrie; Anthony L. Grande, another Corrections Corporation vice president; Steven Groom, another Corrections executive; John Beasley, yet another Corrections executive; developer Sushil Israni of Pacifica Companies; Reena Israni; real estate investor Roberto Jinich; Peter MacLaggan of Poseidon Resources; junkyard owner Charles Siroonian, president of Ecology Auto Parts; and Siroonian’s wife Deborah.
Perry Dealy, a former employee of U-T San Diego owner and real estate developer Douglas Manchester, and now a consultant for the hotel mogul, kicked in $250. On the expense side of the ledger, the Cox campaign paid locally ubiquitous GOP political consultant Tom Shepard & Associates $6000 for its services during the last six months of 2011.