Vincent Farnsworth 2:38 p.m., Sept. 26
DeMaio Campaign Spent Big On Consultants In June
In terms of campaign fundraising, the month of June was a good month for councilmember Carl DeMaio.
From June 1 to June 30 DeMaio's supporters gave the mayoral candidate nearly $97,000, almost three-times the amount that his opponent, Representative Bob Filner, raised. DeMaio's most generous donors of the month included UT San Diego CEO John Lynch who gave $1,000, president of Sea World San Diego John Reilly who contributed $500, and the most generous contributor of all, the Republican Party of San Diego who donated $10,000.
The cash flow went both ways in the days and weeks before and after the June 5 primary. According to the most recent financial disclosures, DeMaio paid $16,486.15 to consultants, more than half of the amount his opponent raised.
In one instance, the councilmember didn't even have to go outside of his council office to find a consultant. In June, DeMaio paid council spokesperson Jeffrey Powell a total of $4,208. According to campaign spokesperson Powell took a leave of absence from his job at City Hall to work on DeMaio's campaign prior to the primary.
Unable to comment on the specific case, executive director of the Ethics Commission, Stacey Fulhorst, said city officials may not use city resources -- equipment, supplies, facilities, internet, or personnel-- when running for office. Fulhorst also stated that the ethics commission does not require elected officials or city employees to submit time cards showing the hours worked for the City and those for a campaign unless in the case of an investigation.
I have submitted a public records request to see the dates that Powell was excused from council duties.
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