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As noted here in September, new San Diego Union-Tribune owner Doug Manchester is backing the GOP presidential cause of Mitt Romney, owner of the beachfront La Jolla house where Democratic ex-mayor Maureen O'Connor once lived.

So is former U-T proprietor David Copley, who gave $2500 to the Romney cause on August 26, according to federal campaign finance filings.

Taking another direction is real estate mogul Malin Burnham and wife Roberta, who kicked in a total of $5,000 to the campaign committee of Republican Rick Perry on September 30.

Burnham joins the Chargers-owning Spanos family in giving big to the Texas governor.

A recent U-T interview, which played up his philanthropic activities and didn't touch on his presidential preference, quoted Burnham as saying, "I retired from all business interests in 1986."

The Perry campaign filing lists Burnham's occupation as vice-chairman of the real estate firm of Cushman & Wakefield.

Burnham's most recent philanthropic causes have involved lobbying for a controversial proposal to build a 500-foot-tall sculpture, “Wings of Freedom,” on the bayfront, a project favored by the U-T's Manchester, who is putting together a large development project nearby.

Burnham is also setting up the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement at the San Diego Foundation, which he described in the U-T interview as "a new concept to bring community leaders from throughout San Diego County together in one place, where diverse ideas can be molded together into action plans addressing the needs of an additional 1.3 million population expected over the next 40 years."

Copley, who will turn 60 on January 31, is listed as retired.

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