Sheila Pell 7:30 a.m., March 25
State's Cop Unions, Big Labor Jointly Funded San Diego Police PAC Attack Against DeMaio
It's no secret that the San Diego Police Officers Association, the local cops' labor organization, doesn't like GOP city councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, and neither does the San Diego and Imperial County Labor Council, the AFL-CIO affiliate that includes approximately 110 local labor unions, according to its website.
Now a newly released campaign disclosure filing covering the first half of this year has revealed that the two San Diego labor superpowers, as well as state police labor groups, were big contributors to the San Diego POA’s political action committee, which waged a vigorous but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to knock DeMaio out of the running during the June primary race.
The document also shows that the San Diego POA's PAC paid $3935 in "consulting" fees to Public Policy Strategies, Inc., a lobbying and consulting firm tied to longtime Del Mar campaign consultant Tom Shepard, who was then working for the mayoral bid of ex-GOP, newly-independent Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.
The founder of Public Policies, Shepard is currently identified on the firm’s website as a “strategic advisor” there. Public Policies is also the POA’s lobbyist at city hall, according to city lobbyist disclosure records.
Reached this morning by phone, Police Officers Association president Brian Marvel said that Shepard had personally done no work for the association’s anti-DeMaio, pro-Fletcher efforts and that Public Policy’s Kimberly Hale is the association’s contact there.
During the final days of June’s primary campaign, a TV spot run against DeMaio carried a tag line saying that it had been "paid for by San Diego Police Officers Association PAC and not authorized by a candidate or a committee controlled by a candidate."
As noted here June 2, three days before the election, a filing posted online by the California Secretary of State's office showed that the PAC of the Los Angeles Police Protective League - L.A.'s cop labor representative - incurred an expenditure of $5,000 on June 1, with a note that the money was used for an anti-DeMaio TV spot.
A subsequent July 25 disclosure by the San Diego POA PAC, made available online last week by the San Diego city clerk's office, reported that the San Diego police PAC received $5,000 from the Los Angeles PAC on June 4.
During today’s phone interview, POA president Marvel said that the different dates reported by the San Diego PAC and the Los Angeles Police Protective Association’s PAC regarding the latter’s San Diego expenditure were possibly due to an accounting glitch and that he would look into the matter.
In addition to the L.A. money, the Sacramento-based Police Officers Research Association of California, a police labor advocacy organization, gave a total of $10,000 to the San Diego police PAC on May 29. The next day, May 30, according to the report, the Chula Vista Police Officers Association PAC kicked in $1,000.
Other contributions, according to the July 25 filing, included $5,000 from the California Association of Highway Patrolmen PAC on June 7, two days after the election, as well as $10,000 from San Diego City Firefighters, Local 145 PAC on June 4, the day before election day.
The San Diego County Probation Officers PAC later kicked in $1000 on June 13.
In addition, a political committee calling itself "Too Extreme for San Diego," sponsored by the San Diego and Imperial labor council to oppose DeMaio, gave the San Diego cops PAC $10,000 on June 4, the day before the election.
According to the POA PAC's July filing, the committee paid out a total of $54,129 in “independent expenditures” against DeMaio between May 29 and June 6, which Marvel confirmed were largely for production and airing of the TV spot.
Other PAC expenditures included a $2,000 contribution on May 21 to the committee opposed to Propositions A and B, which were passed by voters. Including previous contributions, the PAC also made a total of $16,258 worth of independent expenditures on behalf of Fletcher’s mayoral cause during the first half of the year.
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