The conservative Blue brothers, Linden and Neal of La Jolla, are well known for their backing of Republicans near and far. During the fall mayoral special election, Linden tossed in $5000 for San Diego County’s GOP, which is backing San Diego city councilman Kevin Faulconer against his Democratic colleague David Alvarez.
Linden is also a major foe of marijuana and its legalization, penning an op-ed piece calling for testing of high-school students’ hair samples for cannabis traces. By a stroke of fate, the brothers’ home state of Colorado was one of the nation’s first to legalize weed. And the state’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Mark Udall, is a big pot backer himself, having served a night in jail and anteed up a $300 fine after being busted for smoking a joint in 1972. But that hasn’t kept the political action committee of the Blue brothers–owned drone-maker General Atomics from giving “Udall for Colorado” $2750 last year.
Skeptics note that Udall has introduced a bill to limit U.S. domestic drones that is still working its way through Congress with many details remaining to be resolved.