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Rancho Guejito, the outfit seeking to develop a big chunk of the 23,000 acres it owns between Route 78 nearly to Route 76 in North County, was one of the San Diego County Republican party's biggest single donors in 2011, giving $12,500.

Run by New York artist Theodate Coates, the corporation has been involved in repeated controversies over the project, the latest being allegations of unauthorized road building on the land.

Private-schools purveyor Bridgepoint Education was another major benefactor, giving a total of $36,000; Predator drone-maker General Atomics of La Jolla gave $7500.

Herzog Contracting of St Joseph, Missouri, kicked in $15,000; Mission Valley developer Sudberry Properties and its owner Thomas Sudberry gave a total of $17,500.

The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation came up with $5000.

And Liberty Tobbaco contributed cigars worth $700.

In all, the party raised a total of $291,540 in 2011, $96,697 of it in the last half of the year.

According to the GOP's disclosure filing posted online by the California Secretary of State, it spent a total of $340,693, leaving it with a $73,374 cash balance at year's end.

Expenditures included $6000 for a focus group to aid the San Diego City Council candidacy of Ray Ellis, running against Democrat Sherri Lightener in La Jolla's District 1.

Ellis himself gave $7500 to the party on December 28.

$2190 was paid to Donovan's steakhouse for volunteer food and beverages.

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