Don Bauder 9:45 p.m., March 11
Nathan Fletcher Still Raising Corporate Cash in State Political Fund
Running for mayor in San Diego as a newly self-proclaimed independent, California state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a former Republican, continues to collect corporate cash in his 2010 legislative officeholder account.
The latest contribution to the "Assemblyman Fletcher 2010 Officeholder Account" was made yesterday, April 3, by AT&T, Inc., according to a disclosure filing for the account posted online by the state Secretary of State's office.
The phone giant, which has a big interest in California legislative business and contributes to lawmakers of both parties--and now independent Fletcher--kicked in $2,000.
On March 26, the same officeholder account received $3200 from health insurer Blue Shield of California, and $1000 from the California Chiropractic Association PAC.
As we reported in January, Fletcher raised $51,000 through the fund during 2011, including $2500 from RAI Services Company of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, an arm of tobacco industry giant Reynolds American.
Expenditures have included $2000 paid to Emissary Relations, the San Diego-based political consulting firm run by Benjamin and Anne Bosanac that has also recieved $63,000 from the Fletcher mayoral campaign.
Fletcher's Assembly office chief of staff Erik Caldwell drew a total of $6843 from the acount from July 25 of last year through this March 13, according to Secretary of State disclosure filings. District director Staci Ignell got $615 during the same period.
In addition, the account paid northern California's Sutton Law Firm, which specializes in political matters, $14,145.
Among smaller expenditures was a payment of $180 to Friends of the Israeli Self Defense Forces.
More like this:
- After backing industry-favored timber tax, Fletcher reaped big contributions — Feb. 5, 2013
- New York hits Qualcomm with political money disclosure suit — Jan. 3, 2013
- GOP's Wyland and Independent Fletcher Get Big Tobacco Money — April 25, 2012
- Mayoral Campaign of Newly Independent Nathan Fletcher Gives $5,000 To GOP, Filing Says — April 13, 2012
- Fletcher Officeholder Fund Backed by Reynolds Tobacco — Jan. 31, 2012