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6 a.m., Feb. 22
San Diego's posh golf resorts and high-powered political fundraising are clearly made for each other.
In March it was the Pro Tem Cup, thrown by Democratic state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg at Torrey Pines.
As our Dave Rice reported, for $60,000 donors got a “Two Day Platinum” package, including two days’ worth of golf for four people, two nights’ lodging, attendance at an awards barbecue with “commemorative gifts,” and an up-close-and-personal evening with Steinberg himself.
Then there was the conservative GOP Koch brothers and their multi-million dollar political confab and non-stop fundraising party held last month at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad
Now comes the California Republican Leadership with a super money political bash to be held during summer's end at the Grand del Mar Resort, owned by U-T San Diego publisher Douglas Manchester.
The so-called Leadership Conference will take place from Friday September 14 through Sunday September 16, according to a list of big money fundraising events distributed by the state GOP leadership. Admission fees range from Individual ($15,000) to Host ($25,000) to Co-Sponsor ($50,000) to full Sponsor ($100,000).
But donors who are feeling particularly generous needn't stop there. "Corporate contributions will be used in California state elections," says the invite. "These contributions may be made in any amount.
"Individual contributions will be used in both federal and California state elections and may also be made in any amount."
After that, the fine print gets a bit more complicated. "Contributions to the state [Republican] committee are unlimited and may be allocated as follows: up to $32,500 per calendar year for direct state candidate support, with amounts in excess used for permissible non-direct candidate support purposes. Such contributions may also be used for federal Levin account purposes, up to $10,000 per individual, corporate or PAC donor."
At last year’s event, also held at the Grand del Mar, the $100,000 top tier admission price got eight players into the Friday golf tournament, eight deluxe guest rooms for Friday and Saturday nights, sixteen tickets to "all General Activities and Forums" and a package of "Weekend Memorabilia," an invitation said.
Grand del Mar owner Manchester, of course, is arguably San Diego's most famous Republican, but the party still pays to party on his premises.
So far this year, according to state GOP disclosure filings posted online by the California Secretary of State's office, the Republicans have spent at least $56,878 for fundraising at the resort.