Johnny Caito 7:07 p.m., July 28
Fletcher Officeholder Fund Backed by Reynolds Tobacco
Republican Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a candidate for mayor of San Diego, raised a total of $51,000 in his so-called officeholder account last year. State law permits such funds to be used to handle a variety of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by legislators in the course of their political and state duties.
According to a disclosure filing posted online today, January 31, by the California Secretary of State, the Assemblyman Fletcher 2010 Officeholder Account spent a total of $52,935.69 through December 31, 2011, leaving the fund with a cash balance of $23,924.55.
Contributions came from a variety of special interests, including Anthem Blue Cross ($1200); AstraZeneca ($3200); Bayer HealthCare LLC ($1200); Cisco Systems Inc. ePAC ($2000); Genentech Inc.($1400); DirecTV ($1000); Deloitte & Touche Partners CA Fund ($2000); KPMG LLP ($2000); and Genon Energy Services LLC ($1500).
RAI Services Company of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a subsidiary of tobacco industry giant Reynolds American, gave $2500 on July 8.
Expenses of the committee included $2000 paid to Emissary Relations LLC of San Diego for campaign consulting services, according to the disclosure.
According to the firm's website, "Emissary Relations exists to escort your vision into the public square; pair it with its financial champions; execute the event honoring it or the meeting representing it."
The Sutton Law Firm of San Francisco, a specialist in campaign and lobbying law, received multiple payments.
$150 was spent on the 65th Annual Flag, General & Senior Officers Ball held by the Chamber of Commerce.
TVEyes Inc. of Fairfield, Connecticut, got $1200 for "media monitoring."
In addition, Southwest Airlines was paid for multiple round-trips between San Diego and Sacramento, including one payment of $628.20 listed as "11/28 -11/29/11 for Retreat".
The fund also picked up $805 worth of accommodations at the Citizens Hotel in Sacramento, described as being for "legislative duties"; a fundraiser at Sacramento's Spataro Restaurant cost $1,304.43; and a subscription to the Wall Street Journal was listed at $207.48.
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