After raising a cool million to help get Kevin Faulconer into the mayor's office, the political action committee spearheaded by San Diego's Chamber of Commerce and the Associated General Contractors of America is shifting its attention to the race to fill Faulconer's District 2 council seat.
On March 25, San Diegans to Protect Jobs and the Economy Supporting Kevin Faulconer contributed $9,000 to the pro-Lorie Zapf committee, Coalition of Coastal Communities for Lorie Zapf for Council 2014. To sweeten the deal, the Chamber matched the donation, making a total of $18,000 going to the current District 6 councilmember, who due to redistricting, is forced to move to a new district.
According to recent campaign disclosures, the Coalition of Coastal Communities for Lorie Zapf for Council 2014 was created the same day as the contribution. Jason Roe, co-founder of Revolvis Consulting Inc., is listed as the committee's principal officer.
The new committee makes it that much harder for her opponents to match up against the councilwoman, who has proven herself to be highly skilled at fundraising.
Most recent disclosures show that Zapf's campaign has collected over $250,000 in contributions since announcing her run early last year. Now with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and other business interests, that campaign chest will undoubtedly grow larger in time for the June 3 election.
Running against Zapf are federal prosecutor Sarah Boot, former long-shot mayoral hopeful and self-professed Libertarian, Mark Schwartz, and longtime community activist Jim Morrison. If campaign contributions are any indication, the race will likely be a race between Zapf and Boot.
Recent disclosures show that despite being a newcomer to politics, Boot is a quick learner on how to raise cash. Since announcing her candidacy, the federal prosecutor has collected over $110,000. Yet while a good amount, she will have a hard time catching up to her opponent.
As for Morrison and Schwartz, as of March 27, neither have reported any donations.