Beer distributor and Padres owner Ron Fowler donated $3 million to San Diego State’s Campanile Foundation.
  • Beer distributor and Padres owner Ron Fowler donated $3 million to San Diego State’s Campanile Foundation.
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Who is giving the big bucks to San Diego State’s nonprofit Campanile Foundation? Not all the names have been made available, but according to a document recently released by the foundation under the requirements of a new state disclosure law, Ron Fowler is the institution’s biggest whale. The mega-millionaire beer distributor and Padres owner gave a hefty $3 million to the foundation’s “Challenge Fund for Athletics” in December 2011. He got just $4555 worth of so-called benefits in return, presumably various minor blandishments offered by the university. Other big donors included James S. Brown, with $90,500 for the Aztec Club Fund Drive in 2012; BioMed Realty Trust’s Alan D. Gold with $105,000 for the AC Golf Tournament; and Jeff Jacobs, a son of Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, with $51,500 to the Aztec Club’s Director’s Cabinet.

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