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Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's bid to convince California voters to raise taxes in the Golden State has found three more financial angels in San Diego county.

La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs chipped in $5,000 on February 15, according to a February 18 disclosure with the California secretary of state's office filed by Brown's committee, "Californians to Protect Schools, Universities, and Public Safety."

The Qualcomm founder, whose local causes include the news department at San Diego State University's KPBS public broadcasting operation and his controversial Balboa Park traffic and parking makeover, is a longtime contributor to the Democratic party and its candidates.

Jacobs was joined by two of the county's major casino operators, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Sycuan Citizens for Good Government kicked in $100,000 and the Viejas Tribal Government gave $25,000, both this past Saturday, February 18.

As reported yesterday by the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Brown has said he wants to shake up state gambling regulation, but has yet to reveal any details.

If qualified for the ballot and passed by voters, the governor's measure would hike the state sales tax and increase income taxes for California's highest earners.

Pictured: Irwin Jacobs

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SurfPuppy619 Feb. 20, 2012 @ 8:44 a.m.

Democracy, the best government MONEY can BUY.

Jerry Clown's pension taxes are DOA-you can take that to the bank. Not going to pass, not today, not yesterday and not tomorrow.

The government salary and pension scam jig is up-so put a fork in them and Clown's pension taxes b/c they're done.

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Visduh Feb. 20, 2012 @ 7:25 p.m.

I'm just wondering how many comments would have already been posted if Jacobs were a pillar of the GOP. Keep in mind one thing: everyone pays the jacked-up sales tax. And if you look at the big picture, the biggest contribution of this tax package will come from the sales tax. Hey, 99%, that's us. It's not the top one-percent. But push up that already-sky-high state income tax for the top income producers and watch a few thousand more leave the state. That means they go from paying a bunch to paying nothing. Pray tell, how does that help reduce the state budget? Eleven percent of nothing is nothing.

SurfPup, I can only hope you are right about this tax boost. If it actually passes, we will be asking, "Can we say Pyrrhic Victory", boys and girls?

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SurfPuppy619 Feb. 20, 2012 @ 10:28 p.m.

Keep in mind one thing: everyone pays the jacked-up sales tax. And if you look at the big picture, the biggest contribution of this tax package will come from the sales tax. == The sales tax is the most regressive tax in America, and the one the dorks try to raise most often and the highest- at the expense of those LEAST able to absorb it-the poor.

It is going down in flames. I guarantee it. As surely as San Diego public employees are going into 401K's come June 2012.

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