Chad Deal 8:22 p.m., May 20
Nonprofit News Donor and Qualcomm Founder Irwin Jacobs Backs Prop 29 Tobacco Tax Measure
La Jolla billionaire Irwin Jacobs, who has bankrolled the newsroom at San Diego State University's owned-and-operated public televsion station KPBS and helped finance at least one other San Diego non-profit news operation, has opened his deep pockets for Proposition 29, the measure on next week's state ballot that would slap an additional dollar tax on every pack of cigarettes sold in California, bringing the total levy to $1.87.
As we reported last month, the tobacco industry has been spending big to defeat Prop 29, with proponents, including the American Lung Association, severely out-classed in the campaign money derby.
Point Loma biotech philanthropist and investor Malin Burnham gave $5,000.
Yesterday Jacobs got into the fray, coming up with $30,000 for the tax proponents' cause, according to a state disclosure filing dated today, May 30.