Robert Bush 6:31 p.m., May 18
Public Unions Funding Almost Two-Thirds of Yes on D Campaign, Says Aguirre
Police and fire unions, the Municipal Employee Association and the Labor Council have paid $276,000 of the $419,000 spent on the Yes on D committee, says former City Attorney Mike Aguirre, an opponent of the measure. Among private sector donors are wealthy San Diegans David Copley and Irwin Mark Jacobs.
The Wall Street Journal reported today (Oct. 22) that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is the biggest outside spender in the 2010 election. The union has given $87.5 million. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has given $75 million and groups such as those headed by Karl Rove have given $65 million. The Service Employees International Union, representing public employees, has given $44 million and the National Education Association $40 million. How much has come in secretly and unaccounted for from far right, business, and various conservative front groups is not known.