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The San Diego Sports Commission paid its president Alan Kidd a total of $165,477 during the 12 months ending in June 2010, according to the nonprofit group’s most recent Internal Revenue Service report. The group had total revenue of $504,831, including $391,000 in government grants, but racked up total expenses of $677,560, including $490,882 in salaries and employee benefits, leaving it a loss of $172,729 for the period. The organization wound up with net assets of $407,692…Politics can be profitable, at least for the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, according to its most recent federal disclosure filing. Covering calendar year 2010 and filed last May, the document lists total revenue of $500,569, of which $290,013 was from contributions and grants. Another $70,150 came from moneymaking lunches and breakfasts, including those featuring local mayors and other public officials, providing opportunities for the city’s lobbying brigade to rub shoulders with politician or bureaucrat of choice. Association president Lani Lutar made $118,956. The group’s board includes such GOP stalwarts as the Lincoln Club’s T.J. Zane and chief executive of the Grossmont Healthcare District Barry Jantz, along with ex–city council candidate and professional campaign treasurer April Boling…Reef cofounder Fernando Aguerre of La Jolla has become a heavy hitter for the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama, giving $35,800 on September 19 of last year to the Obama Victory Fund 2012. He also kicked in $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee Services Corporation. Born in the coastal city of Mar del Plata, Argentina, he became a surfer in childhood, later starting the country’s first surfing magazine and opening a beach-apparel store in his hometown. In the mid-1980s, he joined brother Santiago in California, where the pair made a fortune selling beach sandals. 

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monaghan Jan. 18, 2012 @ 3:19 p.m.

How come Obama doesn't name big-giver Fernando Aguerre to be head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to replace big-giver Alan Bersin? At least Aguerre is a native Spanish-speaker.

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