Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Dec. 20
GOP's Garrick Funds Own Campaign with $100,000
Republican Assemblyman Martin Garrick, ramping up for a state senate bid, has given himself a tidy year-ending gift in the form of a $100,000 personal contribution to his campaign fund, Garrick for Senate 2014.
According to a December 31 filing with the state Secretary of State's office, Garrick made the donation on December 28.
Once regarded by some as virtually invincible in his North County political bailiwick, Garrick took a bit of a tumble when he was cited for drunk driving last June after a pursuit by cops that ended in the state capitol garage.
He subsequently pled no contest to driving with a blood-alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit, and was sentenced to 48 hours of community service and 30 hours in an alcohol treatment program.
In September, Garrick's senate campaign fund accepted $1500 from beer-making giant Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., bringing that firm's total contributions on behalf of Garrick's senatorial cause to $3000.
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