Jeff Smith 6 p.m., Oct. 8
Fabian Nuñez Reports Almost $4.7 Million in Campaign Cash
Former state assembly speaker Fabian Nuñez — a Democrat controversial in San Diego for a last-minute sentence reduction granted his imprisoned son by exiting GOP governor Arnold Schwarzenegger — is sitting on $4,690,047.25 in his political bank account, according to a disclosure filing posted online over the weekend by the California Secretary of State's office.
On his final day in office, Schwarzenegger cut the sentence of Esteban Nuñez from 16 years to 7. On Oct. 4, 2008, the 19-year-old and some friends got into a San Diego knife fight that resulted in the death of Luis Santos, a Mesa College student. Nuñez later copped a plea to charges related to the homicide and was sent to state prison.
The governor failed to alert prosecutors or the victim's family before reducing Nuñez's prison time.
Last summer, the senior Nuñez blasted Republican San Diego district attorney Bonnie Dumanis, currently running for mayor of San Diego, for filing a lawsuit to reverse his son's sentence reduction.
"When you're dealing with a district attorney," Nuñez was quoted as saying, "like we did in San Diego, who clearly, you know, has aspirations and has always had aspirations for higher office, the approach that they took to my son's case, and in particular to him, irrespective of the facts of the actual case — they picked on my son from day one."
Dumanis responded with a statement saying, "The sole purpose of both the criminal prosecution and the civil case filed by our office is to bring justice to the victims of this violent crime, and their families. The DA's office makes prosecutorial decisions based on the evidence and the law, treating defendants the same regardless of who they may be related to."
Nuñez's campaign fund, Fabian Nunez for Treasurer 2014, raised no money last year, and spent $105,258.27.
It made a total of $7800 in contributions to the assembly reelection campaign of Democrat Ricardo Lara, Nuñez's former aide, who is currently running for state senate.
The fund also gave $5000 to the Anti-Defamation League of Los Angeles.
Bendixen & Associates, Inc. of Coral Gables, Florida received $10,900 for polling.
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