Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 18
Democrats Put Almost $50,000 Behind Filner's Bid for Mayor
Congressman Bob Filner has always maintained that his ace in the hole in the race for San Diego mayor would be big financial backing from fellow Democrats, and a filing yesterday by the state account of the San Diego County Democratic Party appears to illustrate the point.
On March 1, the party paid $11,700 to Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, a Washington, D.C.-based polling and political consulting firm whose clients have included Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and a raft of New Jersey Democratic legislators.
The cash funded a poll conducted by the party on behalf of Filner's mayoral effort, the filing says.
In all, Democrats reported spending a total of $49,175 on Filner during the period from January 1 through March 17, including $37,475 from the party's federal account, "to support Hon. Bob Filner."
That included $4,475 to pay field director Daniel Rottenstreich, who, as political director for Unite Here, a hotel workers union, has been frequently quoted regarding labor's position on a proposed convention expansion and related issues.
Many contributions to the Democrats' state fund were made by old Filner political friends.
Those included $10,000 on March 5 from Duty Free Americas, Inc., of Hollywood, Florida, a duty free shop operator to which Filner has lent support while in congress.
Other big donations were $25,000 from the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1931; $7,000 from "Pacifica SD Management-Operating"; $5,000 from Sempra Energy; $3,500 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569; and $2,000 from Protea Flower Hill Mall, LLC.
Heavy donors to the San Diego party's federal committee--which separately raised a total of $105,677 in February, according to its March 17 filing--included the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, a big casino operator ($10,000); convicted plaintiff's lawyer Bill Lerach of La Jolla ($7500); Lerach's wife Michelle Ciccarelli ($7500); as well as ex-San Diego city councilman and current congressional candidate Scott Peters and his campaign committee ($3,700).
In addition to Filner, other local Democrats backed by the party during the period included San Diego District 7 city council candidate Mat Kostrinsky ($13,000) and District 1 council incumbent Sherri Lightner ($9,000).
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