Lucy D. Barker 6:13 p.m., May 23
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith's Campaign Committee Donates $25,000 to Romney Super PAC
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith is one of three San Diegans to have donated to Mitt Romney's super PAC, Restore Our Future. According to a federal Election Commission disclosure report, on March 31, Goldsmith moved $25,000 from his campaign committee to Romney's super PAC.
The only other local contributors to Restore Our Future are Latham and Watkins LLP land-use lawyer Christopher W. Garrett, who donated $4000, and Doug Manchester, who gave $25,000 under his name and $25,000 under Manchester Financial Group.
Goldsmith is running for a second term — unopposed — as San Diego's city attorney. Because he had no opponents and a good amount of campaign contributions in the bank, Goldsmith decided to spread the wealth.
According to state election laws, campaign committees are allowed to contribute to other campaigns as long as federal and state guidelines are followed. With Super PAC's candidates, committees or private donors can donate as much as they would like.
According to Bill Allison from DC-based non-profit Sunlight Foundation, while it is perfectly legal for a candidate at the city level to contribute to other campaigns or committees, it is very "unusual" for one to give that much to a Super PAC.