Don Bauder 9:40 p.m., May 21
Popular Sacramento Watering Holes Host San Diego Pols
The Sacramento Bee is out today with a list, complete with map, of the state capital's top 20 restaurants and watering holes receiving campaign funds since 2008, and of course there's a San Diego angle.
Leading the pack is Chops, located directly out the side door and half a block from the Capitol, with $382,000.
Next comes Spataro, a bit further up the street, with $371,000.
Coming in third is the Esquire Grill, near the convention center, at $299,000.
"I don't know that there's a business within a mile radius (of the Capitol) that doesn't benefit from that activity," said Chops co-owner Trisha Flynn, told the Bee.
But there is competition.
"Politicians are doing things besides the standard cocktail party fundraisers now," Jerry Fat, president of Fat's Restaurants is quoted as saying.
"They're doing golf trips, and trips to Monterey, and boat outings. … We still do a lot (of fundraisers), but probably not as much just because it's spread out and there are so many different options."
Most of the establishments on the Bee's list are familiar to those who follow the nocturnal fundraising habits of San Diego's state representatives.
Last year, events included one at Chops for Democratic Sen. Christine Kehoe.
The year before, Kehoe threw a big fundraiser there for her “Friends of Christine Kehoe for Assembly 2012” committee.
San Diego's local politicos aren't beneath reaping cash from the ever-lasting Sacramento fundraising marathon.
Back in May 2008, ex-Pete Wilson aide Bob White's associates at Sacramento-based California Strategies held a fundraiser there for San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders.
In 2009, the firm was paid $280,950 by the city-owned Centre City Redevelopment Corporation to conduct a "public outreach" program regarding a new city hall proposal backed by Sanders.